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San Cristóbal, Galápagos

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The Galápagos’ best kept secret

San Cristóbal is mostly overlooked by the media and the tourist-mills. But we are grateful for that because, of all the islands where you can stay, San Cristóbal features the best blend of beauty, tranquility, facilities, convenience and attractions without being isolated, crowded or polluted.


San Cristóbal grew around fishing and San Cristóbal is also the seat of provincial government. In fact, tourism is a relatively new industry here - So;

  • you won’t find the most luxurious and expensive hotels;
  • you won’t find the finest and most expensive restaurants;
  • you won’t find fine-art galleries and expensive souvenirs;
  • you won’t have a private beach in your hotel;
  • you won’t find many people who speak English;
  • you won’t find much open during siesta;


  • the water in the bay is crystal clear, unpolluted and teeming with life;
  • the waterfront is public and accessible and you can see the ocean from many parts of the town;
  • we have a natural fresh-water supply (the only such in Galápagos);
  • the port and surroundings abound in wildlife, particularly sea-lions, iguana’s, boobies, frigates, pelicans, turtles, birds and fish
  • we have the best diving south of Wolfe and Darwin Islands (which are 240 miles north and accessible only on a diving cruise);
  • we have, by far, the best fishing;
  • we have the best surf;
  • we have several beautiful beaches only a short walk from the town;
  • we have clean, well-managed and affordable rooms in hostels, hotels, B&B’s and rental suites;
  • the airport is only 5 minutes from the town centre;
  • we have the biggest, most modern and well equipped hospital in the region and;
  • Cristóbaleños are friendly and hospitable by nature.
If you must have 5-star luxury, infinity pool, room-service, private beach, gourmet restaurants, fine wine and expensive souvenirs, perhaps San Cristóbal is not for you. But, if you want to really experience the Galápagos: the wildlife; the out-of-this-world scenery; the people; the tranquillity - Unspoilt in all its rocky, prickly, verdant, wild, unpredictable and completely amazing best - Come to San Cristóbal.

So much to see and do - In San Cristóbal

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