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Best things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Where in the world: South America  /  Ecuador  /  Galapagos Islands  /  San Cristobal  /  Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Top 15 things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

1. Interpretation Center

Enhance your tour of the Galapagos Islands with a visit to Interpretation Center, a project that aims to educate locals and tourists on the isles' species, plant life, and history. Opened in 1998, the center offers an extensive and comprehensive study of the island's life in both English and Spanish. Explore the detailed information on the origins of the islands, climate, ocean currents, and their remoteness from the rest of the continent.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. La Loberia, San Cristobal

Visit a stretch of coast well known for its resident sea lions at La Loberia. On this sandy beach animals organize into colonies, with around 30 females and their cubs surrounding the dominant male of the group. Watch the way they interact and listen to the inimitable noises they make, making sure to stay back and heed the advice of the wardens--sea lions tend to be very territorial. Other than the main residents, you'll find yellow warbles, frigate birds, and plenty of species of finch, as well as large marine iguanas.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Kicker Rock

A popular dive site off of San Cristobal Island, Kicker Rock showcases a wealth of diverse and colorful marine life. The two rocks, which were once connected, reflect what’s left of a lava cone jutting 140 m (459 ft) out of the water. To visit the landmarks, you must travel with a certified guide, so reserve a boat tour or diving trip. If you approach from the south, you might notice the rock formations' resemblance to a sleeping lion, hence the Spanish name "leon dormido." The two rocks join together 19 m (62 ft) below the surface, forming a narrow channel that small boats can pass through. Don your snorkelling gear to see what’s swimming beneath the surface, namely tropical fish, hammerhead sharks, green turtles, and the Galapagos shark.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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5. Cerro Tijeretas

One of the few places where two species of frigate birds can be seen nesting in one colony, Cerro Tijeretas lures nature lovers with its clear waters and views of pristine surroundings. Follow one of many trails on the island to snorkel off the rocks and observe turtles, sea lions, and many species of fish. Head to one of three lookout points to find nesting frigates, a statue of Charles Darwin, and uninterrupted panoramic views of the vast ocean.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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6. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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7. Ecuagringo Fishing, San Cristobal

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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8. Galapagos Eco Fishing, San Cristobal

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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9. Wreck Bay Diving Center, San Cristobal

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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10. Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal

Take a closer look at giant tortoises by paying a visit to Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, dedicated to raising and caring for this species suffering from a dwindling population. Observe baby tortoises in cages and older ones roaming around, and drop by the visitors center for an in-depth look at the painstaking efforts put forth to help save this endangered animal.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Rosa Blanca, San Cristobal

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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12. Puerto Chino Beach, San Cristobal

Make your way to the southeast of San Cristobal island to reach Puerto Chino Beach, a remote beach with a variety of winged and flippered inhabitants. The fine white sand offers plenty of space to stretch out, while the calm water makes the beach a popular place to go swimming. In the mangroves that lie just behind the sand, you'll see finches, who'll be very keen to share any snacks you might have. The rocky outcrops to the left and right of the sandy beach are home to sea lions, though you should definitely not share any snacks with them, as they become very territorial when approached or spooked.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. Galapagos Fan Dive

Go to Galapagos Fan Dive for a supportive and informative way to dive. The operator can cater to all levels, ensuring everyone visiting the area enjoys a safe yet fun water activity. You will receive professional yet friendly service regardless of whether you're experienced or new to diving. The company cares for the environment and its guides will be more than happy to share their love and knowledge of the marine world with every visitor. Please check out the website for more details.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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14. Planet Ocean Dive Center, San Cristobal

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Isla Lobos, San Cristobal

A rich variety of animal life awaits you on the soft white sand and beneath the crystal clear waters of Isla Lobos. Hike across the sand to view the tortoises, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and sea lions that dot the landscape. Climb to the top of the hill to see a statue of Darwin. Snorkeling will yield close encounters with sea lions, tropical fish, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, and red crabs. The sea lions here are very sociable, so don't be afraid to say hello.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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