San Cristobal Island is the Galapagos Province Capital, with approximately 10,000 inhabitants.
Explore San Cristobal Island and learn about its unique flora and fauna as well as its rich cultural history.
OPTURGA S.A. programs have been designed to optimize your time exploring the best of San Cristobal by both land & sea. You can expect a balanced level of adventure and physical activity within the itinerary set to explore San Cristobal Island.
You will be met by your local guide in Quito International airport and transfered to your hotel.
Note: if you arrived early tours can be arrange
Your tour will start with a boat ride along the west coast of San Cristobal where you will observe colonies of frigate birds and marine iguanas. We will be sure to be on the look out for marine life jumping out of the sea during our ride.
Your first snorkeling experience will be close to a beautiful beach with high chances to see turtles, variety of fish and even play with curious sea lions. After returning from snorkeling at the beach, you will have a second opportunity to snorkel after a 25 minute boat ride to Kicker Rock. Kicker Rock is an eroded volcano with a great concentration of marine life that includes Galapagos Sharks, Hammer Head Sharks, Sea Turtles and an abundance of fish along the wall of this majestic rock.
Your box lunch will be served on the boat while you are anchored on a beautiful bay. Here you will have a chance to walk around on a beach with red and white mangroves or go for a swim in the calm blue water before returning back to port.
Our adventure will start with a bus ride to the highlands of San Cristobal Island driving through the Progreso Town where the first inhabitants settled in the middle of the eighteenth century. Your guide will explain the natural and cultural history of this place.
If the weather permits you will climb (180 steps) to the top of the only fresh water crater lake (Junco) in the Galapagos. Here you will enjoy the beautiful view of the north coast of San Cristobal Island. Upon returning to the bus, you will continue driving for another 25 minutes to the Tortoises Breeding Center where your guide will explain about the most successful reptile breeding program in Galapagos.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon there will be a walk to Puerto Chino, which is a beautiful fine white sand beach to admire colonies of sea lions and enjoy the peacefullness of this place.
Visit to loberia beach
Transfer to the airport.