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San Cristobal Island

san_cristobal_smallSan Cristobal is the easternmost of the Galapagos Islands as well as the oldest. It was created over four million years ago by a long-extinct volcano. San Cristobal is home to 6,000 people, most of who live in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the archipelago and its second-largest human settlement. Our San Cristobal hotel, Casa Opuntia, is located directly on the island’s beautiful boardwalk, with easy access to all of the town’s restaurants and shops.

San Cristobal features a number of unique areas that make excellent tourist attractions. Perhaps the most outstanding are two offshore rock formations called Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock (also known as Leon Dormido). These islets are home to some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Islands. Isla Lobos is particularly famous for its colony of outgoing sea lions, while Kicker Rock often shelters large marine animals like sharks and sea turtles.

The island itself is home to Laguna El Junco, the only permanent freshwater lake in the Galapagos, as well as Cerro Tijeretas, a nesting colony for frigate birds that is also famous as the place at which Darwin’s ship, HMS Beagle, first landed in the Galapagos. San Cristobal is home to the archipelago’s best surf, with two great breaks within walking distance from Casa Opuntia, and a world-class kayaking route along the sparsely-populated north coast.