Staying at Puerto Baquerizo on San Cristobal Island
San Cristobal is amongst the oldest Islands of the archipelago, it is also the second most populated. It is worth a visit, here you will feel a more quiet Galapagos town than Puerto Ayora.
Isla San Cristóbal, has some few small upper class hotels and good bunch of basic places to stay. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the provincial capital, but is not nearly as populated as Puerto Ayora. It does, however, have some interesting attractions like encountering the Galapagos tortoise in the wild as well as good surf, swimming, and the beautiful Kicker Rock, an old cone shaped volcano that has been artfully carved in two over time. There are also sea lions and many other land dwelling creatures well known in the Galapagos.
About 5,400 people live here, and many who do work for the government or in fisheries (the Galapagos’ second largest income source). There is a bank and facilities for tourists, though is by no means close to Puerto Ayora’s amenities.
On San Cristobol, though, you may be lucky to see the red footed booby – the least seen of the bunch. It’s also the home of the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on the island. There are many visitor sites, some of which can be reached by foot from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It’s a charming, peaceful island, and worth the visit. Take your time in the village to get to know the people. It’s a great change of pace from the tourism in Puerto Ayora!