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SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND

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San Cristobal is located in the east side of the archipelago. It is one of the oldest islands in Galapagos. It is the province’s capital and its political center. Its too populated centers are the main town of the county, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the parish El Progreso. It has several basic places that posses great deal of beauty. Its fauna is characterized by the great number of sea lions that are present in the urban area.

USEFUL DATA  It is the capital of the province. Near the pier a great number of sea lions may be observed. It has the largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, El Junco lagoon. La Galapaguera, a station dedicated to the breeding and refuge of giant turtles is located near there.

ACCESIBILITY
By sea: from Santa Cruz Island a person may arrive by using a cabotage boat.
By air: from the Continental mainland arriving to the city’s airport.

DISTANCES Approximately 1000 kilometers from the Continental mainland. It is a one hour and 45 minutes flight and a 2 hours trip from Puerto Ayora.

ECOLOGY
This island hosts frigatebirds, Galápagos sea lions, Galápagos tortoises, blue and red footed boobies, tropicbirds, marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls. Its vegetation includes Calandrinia galapagosa, Lecocarpus darwinii, trees such as Lignum vitae, Matazarna. In the waters nearby are sharks, rays, and lobsters.

The largest fresh water lake in the archipelago, Laguna El Junco, is located in a crater in the highlands of San Cristóbal, in the southern half of the island. The lake harbors a large population of birdlife, but reaching the lake requires a short uphill walk. Nearby, La Galapaguera is a breeding station and sanctuary for giant tortoises.

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