San Cristobal Highlands

Take a Trip across the Island

The highlands of San Cristobal exhibit distinctly different bio-zones than the other inhabited islands. The first stop on this trans-island journey is at El Junco, a freshwater lagoon nested in the center of the islands. Here you can view Frigatebirds and other water fowl bathing in the lagoon.

Boardwalk leading up to el Junco in the San Cristobál highlands.
Boardwalk leading up to el Junco in the San Cristobál highlands.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to join them in the inviting water. Moving on from the lagoon you will stop at La Galapaguera, San Cristobal’s Tortoise research and conservation center, where a short walk through the jungle allows you to see and learn about this island’s growing Tortoise population in a natural setting.

Learn about these tremendous creatures at la Galapaguera breeding center.
Learn about these tremendous creatures at la Galapaguera breeding center.

The road ends at Puerto Chino beach, a remote bay on the southeast side of the island, where you can relax on the beach or wander the shoreline.

Enjoy the solitude of Puerto Chino beach.
Enjoy the solitude of Puerto Chino beach.
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