Punta Pitt is a combination of eroded volcanic cones and scarcely
populated by endemic vegetation on the islands. It is a setting with
a variety of colors due to the presence of different types of lava
and diverse vegetation. This environment provides protection and warmth
for species like sea lions, lava lizards, marine iguanas, frigates,
pelicans and boobies. Punta Pitt is the only place on the Galapagos
where you can see three species of boobies nesting in the same area.
The beautiful yellowy-olive beach with brilliant crystals is product
of the erosion of the lava and shells from the sea. On this beach
you can see dozens of sea lions, frigates, pelicans, herons and gulls
flying over the site.
León Dormido or Kicker Rock
The León Dormido is found on the San Cristobal Island.
It is a volcanic cone with ash-type lava that has been eroded by the
action of the sea. Only a minimum portion of this cone remains made
up by two rocks with completely vertical walls that form a small channel.
The highest part reaches 144 meters above sea level.
These impressive rocks make up a natural monument. You can see tropicbirds
flying, frigates and boobies whose nests are on the rocks.
The crystalline sea allows you to observe the depths up to 15 meters,
to see the great variety of invertebrates, marine mammals and tropical
fish that abound in this place.
Landing in this place is not possible due to lack of access, therefore
the visitors sail around its coast for approximately one hour.
Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island)
This is a small flat islet, a few meters away from San Cristobal
Island, a half hour of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
It has coastal vegetation tolerant to salt water, and on which you
can observe a small colony of frigates. You can also see sea lions,
blue-footed boobies, a beautiful natural wave-break, and other botanical,
ecological and recreational attractions like swimming and snorkeling.
The Loberia is 30 minutes walk and 10 minutes in bus to the
southwest of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the Island of San Cristobal.
The vegetation along the road calls your attention with its particular
colors and variety of plants rarely seen in the world. The trail will
take you to a beach full of black lava where the sea beats the coast
with force. Its inhabitants are mostly sea lions that use this site
for mating and swimming. Here you can also see the biggest species
of marine iguana on the Islands.
Buccaneer Cove (Isla Santiago)
An area of rocks with very strange forms caused by the erosion
of the sea. It is an area of legends and true stories. Beautiful landscapes
with cliffs and natural vegetation growing directly on bare rock.
This is a beautiful beach with peaceful water located to
the northeast on the Island of Santiago, it covers 585 km2 and reaches
906 meters above sea level. It is one of the most interesting places
because of its special characteristics. One of these is a trail to
natural pools and tidal pools where you can see marine invertebrates,
fur seals, marine iguanas, crabs, sea lions, hawks, herons, migratory
birds and volcanic landscapes.
On Santa Cruz Island, near the town of Bellavista, 7 km to
the east of Puerto Ayora you can find the lava tunnels. Entrance to
this area costs $2.00. These tunnels, 1 km in length, are formed by
petrified volcanic lava. The lava, that at some time ran through this
area, dried on its upper surface and continued its course of rivers
of flowing incandescent like a river current.