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12 Amazing Things to Do in San Cristobal, Galapagos [2024 Guide]

Things To Do In San Cristobal Galapagos Islands

From diving to hammerhead sharks to hanging out with giant tortoises, these are the best things to do in San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands!

The Galapagos Islands is arguably the best destination in the world for wildlife encounters, and for most travellers it sits high on the bucket list for places to visit.

If you’re planning a visit to the Galapagos Islands you have two ways to explore the archipelago – One is on a live-aboard cruise (which we highly recommend), and the other is to choose one of the inhabited islands as a base and do excursions from there.

If you’re trying to travel to the Galapagos Islands on a budget then your best option is going to be to pick an island and stay there. Luckily that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on anything!

The three mosts popular islands to stay on are Santa Cruz (which is also the busiest), Isabella (which is the most remote) and San Cristobal.

After doing our research we decided to spend a few days on San Cristobal Island after our two weeks exploring the archipelago by ship, and we’re glad we did.

San Cristobal is the quieter of the 3 main islands, and that results in having a beautiful, relaxed, tranquil vibe, that one would expect from an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Things To Do In San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.

Things To Do In San Cristobal

For the wildlife lovers there’s also a tonne of insane encounters that are possible right there on San Cristobal. Whether you want to hang out with sea lions, study the marine iguanas or go snorkelling with sea turtles, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Here are some of the absolute best things to do in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.

If you’re looking for multi day tours from the island, check out the options on Get Your Guide.

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Kayaking near Kicker Rock. One of the best things to do in San Cristobal.

Study The History Of The Archipelago At The San Cristobal Interpretation Centre

No matter what your plans are in the Galapagos Islands, once you arrive this is one of the first places to visit in San Cristobal.

The interpretation centre explains the history of the islands with detailed information and illustrations about the wildlife and indigenous vegetation.

It is presented in a chronological order so you can self-guide through the history and significance of the Galapagos Islands at your own pace.

It also explains human’s roles and continuing story of evolution, culture and findings. The Galapagos Islands have many…

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