DAY 12 – Tuesday Galapagos Cruise San Cristobal Island

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Galapaguera

Galapaguera

AM: Galapaguera
A short visit to the natural Galapaguera that is a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat. San Cristobal Island also has some species of endemic animals among which are: the mockingbird, San Cristóbal mockingbird, Lava Lizard, Microlophus bivittatus (formerly lizards Galapagos were classified in the genus Tropidurus), one of the species geckos, Phyllodactylus leei and turtles. All these species can be observed in this place .The beach is large and serves as a nesting sea turtles. In the months of January to May is common to find
traces of females who have risen to the sand dunes to lay their eggs.

PM: Cerro Brujo
Cerro Brujo is a beautiful beach of white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel.  This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape where you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds. The protected bay is very popular to observe young tortoises and for swimming. The pools with salty water behind the sand dunes were used for the fishers as a salt mine in order to preserve food for the local population.
Among the fauna that you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species
are endemic to the island and unique to the area as they cannot be observed nowhere else. Also you can find the island canary, the Galapagos turtles and with luck the little bird known as the Pájar o Brujo in Spanish, an endemic specie from San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route where you can find species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees.  Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.
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