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San Crístobal Island, Galapagos

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San Crístobal Island was the first stop of 3 islands on our Galapagos tour.  Just looking out from our room near the harbor, you could see sea lions, crabs, pelicans, marine iguanas, and more.

The afternoon of arrival, we just laid low and checked in at the dive shop.  Next day was diving at Kicker Rock, and the final day there was spent on an island tour.

2 full days is plenty for the island.  Everything that you can see is easy to get to, so you wouldn’t really have much to do if you stayed longer.

View from our room

View from our room

Sea Lions are everywhere

Sea Lions are everywhere

And they take over.

And they take over.

The crabs are very cool.

The Sally Lightfoot Crabs are very cool.

Big ole marine iguana just hanging out.

Big ol’ marine iguana just hanging out.

Cool Opuntia (cactus tree)

Cool Opuntia (cactus tree)

Typical street in town

Typical street in town

On our last day there, we did our own island tour that took us to the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Tortoise reserve and breeding center, plus down to Puerto Chino beach.

First tortoise we saw

First tortoise we saw

More tortoises

More tortoises

A few young ones.

A few young ones.

Puerto Chino beach reminded us a little bit of Kua Bay in Hawaii.  We were both homesick a little bit.

Puerto Chino beach

Puerto Chino beach

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We struck out on finding blue-footed boobies here, so our taxi driver took us back to a spot near town where we found them, plus a cool view of the town.

Blue-footed Boobies!

Blue-footed Boobies!

Pelican flew in and landed.

Pelican flew in and landed.

View of town from area near Playa Mann

View of town from area near Playa Mann

Great rainbow to finish the day.

Great rainbow to finish the day.

We stayed at Hotel La Zayapa, which worked out very well.  Fantastic location, nice views from the room and very clean.  Nothing fancy about it, but a solid mid-range choice.

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