Playa Puerto Chino is picture perfect. Enclosed with black volcanic rocks and trees that are popular with wildlife, it’s an excellent place to pack a picnic and relax for a while. Puerto Chino beach is a lovely beach to spend an hour or more and provides a good opportunity to see blue-footed boobies among other creatures.
In the highlands of San Cristobal Island is El Junco Crater Lake. Galapagos Islands are volcanic and San Cristobal is one of the oldest islands so its volcanoes have long since become extinct. This volcanic crater is now filled with the largest source of fresh water in the Galapagos Island chain.
Ecuador is actually one of the best places to access the Amazon Rainforest as it is more easily accessed and boasts incredible biodiversity. However, planning a jungle adventure can be confusing. There are so many different lodges in different areas at vastly different prices. Let us help you figure out the best options for Amazon jungle tours, Ecuador.
Quito is a wonderful city to spend a few days while visiting Ecuador with plenty of interesting activities and things to do in Quito. However, the real magic lies in the surrounding Andes Mountains with a variety of day trips from Quito that are worth doing.
The Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado is the tortoise breeding centre, or hatchery, in San Cristobal. The word Galapagos comes from the old Spanish word for saddle and was the name given to the prehistoric giants. Of the three breeding centres here and in Santa Cruz and Isabela, this one was our favourite.
One of the best beach within easy walking distance of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal is Punta Carola. It’s a pretty horseshoe-shaped bay protected by lava rock and offers the chance to mix with much of the local wildlife.
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is a bucket list item for most people and one that takes some planning to make the most of every magical second. This ultimate Galapagos Islands travel guide is designed to do a lot of that work for you. Consider this your one-stop-shop for planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands!
As gimmicky as it sounds (and indeed is), can you really go to Ecuador and not take the time to visit the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the Earth) on the equator line? There are actually two sites which can both be visited easily from Quito in just half a day.
If sea lions are top of your list of wildlife to see in the Galapagos Islands, you absolutely need to include San Cristobal Island in your itinerary. This island has by far the largest sea lion population and La Lobería beach is actually named for these guys!
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