Isla San Cristobal

San Cristobal Island (Isla San Cristobal), also known as Chatham Island, is the fifth largest of the Galapagos Islands in terms of size, and has the second largest human settlement, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is the second most popular island after Isla Santa Cruz.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Highlights:
Located on one of the four islands that Charles Darwin visited aboard the HMS Beagle, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is the administrative capital of the Galapagos, It originated as a penal colony more than a hundred years ago. Now a sleepy town overlooking the harbor known for its relaxed attitude, it features cobblestone streets and a pleasant waterfront park. It also has a variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping opportunities and one of the Island's two airports. You can learn about the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history at the local Interpretation Center.

Excursion options include a tour of the Interpretation Center and time for shopping, or a fast-paced long walk to scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the Interpretation Center. This is a dry landing.

Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock Highlights:
Cerro Brujo is named for its destinctive shaped mountain that resembles a witches hat. White sand juxtaposed with black volcanic rocks makes this beach another of the Galapagos’ most spectacular. Brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found here.

Excursion options include a zodiac ride and beach walk with optional swimming. This is a wet landing.

Afterwards, just in time for a sunset cocktail, the ship will navigate the steep, richly colored walls of Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido, for its supposed shape as a sleeping sea lion. Kicker Rock is the spectacular remains of a satellite volcanic cone eroded by the sea. The two vertical rocks rise 500 feet from the ocean.