Friday, November 15, 2013

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal)

Landing Dry
Video from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

There are also cities at the Galapagos - the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the administrative capital of the islands, and with its 5,600 inhabitants is the second largest town in the Galapagos - the town is primarily a fishing village.

After breakfast we sailed to the waterfront in the panga's. First we went on a short tour of the local 'Interpretation Center' where there was an exhibition about the history of the Galapagos. Then we walked around town and looked at the sea lions lying on the street and benches along the waterfront. At about 11AM we went back to the ship for lunch.

San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago, and one of the oldest geologically. It bears the name of the Patron Saint of seafarers, 'St. Christopher'. Its English name was given after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. It has an area of 558 square kilometres (215 square miles) and its highest point rises to 730 metres (2,395 feet).

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
The town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the provincial capital of the Galapagos and the second largest settlement on the islands and home to one of the island's two major airports. It originated as a penal colony more than a hundred years ago.
Now a sleepy town overlooking the harbor is known for its relaxed attitude. The beaches close to the city is one of the few places where visitors are allowed to camp on the islands, National Park Information site is located just outside the city, is pleased to provide information. There are a number of hotels and restaurants available for those interested in staying a few extra days in the area to explore some of the local locations.

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