Day Five: Visiting San Cristobal and Isla Lobos

| January 16, 2011 | 1 Comment
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Exploring the Galapagos

December 23: San Cristobal/Isla Lobos. Dry landing at San Cristobal. Morning visit at Interpretation Centre. Afternoon dry landing at Isla Lobos, a peaceful small Island separated by a channel from San Cristobal Island—a great place for snorkeling. Overnight to Espanola.

In the morning, we visited the interpretation centre at San Cristobal in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Inaugurated in 1998, the Galápagos National Park Interpretation Center, located on the northeast side of town, has a series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands. The port itself is pretty, lined with an interlocking stone path. After a morning spent at the interpretation centre, we walk the length of the town, stopping a long the way to pick up some trinkets. Sitting down at a café, we sample some fine Galapagos coffee, grown in the highlands of San Cristobal.


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A view of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

In the bay, Galapagos sea lions rest on dozens of fishing boats bobbing in the azure bay. Around town, in the shade of benches and statues, sea lions laze, enjoying a brief respite from the sun. Near the town stands a statue of Charles Darwin, marking the original site where he first disembarked in the Galápagos Islands during the voyage of the Beagle, on September, 16 1835.


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Christmas in San Cristobal!

In the afternoon, we are delayed as we transfer passengers—so we suffer a late start. We’re here to visit Isla Lobos—in Spanish, the Isle of Wolves (a translation of sea lion). Isla Lobos is a small flat island, located 10 km northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (about a half hour away by boat), on the coast of Isla San Cristobal. It is home to several sea lion colonies that frolic on the beach.


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Sea Lion on th beach at Isla Lobos.

This is a popular snorkeling site, too and is framed by San Cristóbal island on one side and the long, narrow strip of Isla Lobos on the other. The result is a shallow, protected bay where the water is warm, there is a lot to see and it’s not very deep.


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Dry landing at Isla Lobos.

While snorkeling here you should to see sea lions, marine iguanas, sea urchins and several species of common Galápagos fish—like surgeonfish and blennies. Sightings of green sea turtles, stingrays, octopi, and scorpionfish are common, too.


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The Millenium catamaran as seen from Isla Lobos.

In the evening, we depart for Espanola, about an eight-hour trip by boat from San Cristobal. The island is located in the extreme southeast of the archipelago and is considered, along with Santa Fe, to be one of the oldest—at approximately four million years.

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