San Cristobal Island (Puerto Baquerizo, Galapagos)

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San Cristobal Island cruise port

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Galapagos Islands

Local Time
2024-02-25 10:02

min: 79 °F (26 °C) / max: 84 °F (29 °C) 82°F
27.6°C
Wind: 79°/ 4 m/s  Gust: 4.2 m/sWind: 79°/ 4 m/s  Gust: 4.2 m/sGentle breeze
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Min / Max Temperature84 °F / 29 °C
79 °F / 26 °C
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Port San Cristobal Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from San Cristobal Island, Puerto Baquerizo, Galapagos. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 February, 2024
Thursday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander 2
2 February, 2024
Friday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander 2
3 February, 2024
Saturday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin12:00
3 February, 2024
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMV Santa Cruz II Galapagos
7 February, 2024
Wednesday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander 2
7 February, 2024
Wednesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration08:0018:00
9 February, 2024
Friday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
9 February, 2024
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0018:00
10 February, 2024
Saturday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin12:00
10 February, 2024
Saturday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Endeavour 2
12 February, 2024
Monday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0018:00
16 February, 2024
Friday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander 2
16 February, 2024
Friday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Endeavour 2
17 February, 2024
Saturday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin12:00
17 February, 2024
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMV Santa Cruz II Galapagos
20 February, 2024
Tuesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineTreasure of Galapagos
21 February, 2024
Wednesday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander 2
21 February, 2024
Wednesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xploration08:0018:00
23 February, 2024
Friday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
23 February, 2024
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Flora07:0018:00
24 February, 2024
Saturday
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Origin
24 February, 2024
Saturday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Endeavour 2
26 February, 2024
Monday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Xpedition07:0018:00
29 February, 2024
Thursday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Islander 2

San Cristobal Island (aka Chatham Island) is the 5th largest of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. It was one of the first to be colonized and has about 2500 inhabitants, most of them living in the capital of Galapagos, Baquerizo Moreno. Close to the town is the new airport.

Often from (or along with) San Cristobal is visited Isla Lobos.

Lobos Island is approx 20 min ride by boat (~10 km / 6 mi) from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal's principal port) and is popular for water activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Lobos Island has two docks (for tour boats) connected through an 850-m trail (travel time ~1 hour) running along the island.

San Cristobal has a monument to Darwin, a small museum, and a climbing rock (named "Roca Leon Dormido" / aka "Kicker Rock") with exciting views from the top. Natural highlights include freshwater lake El Junco, sea lion beach at Punta Pitt (landing point) with red-footed boobies and an aptly named Frigatebird Hill. At Cerro Brujo (Wizard Hill) cruisers can find crabs, sea-lions and seabirds (diving Blue Footed Booby, Ground Finch, Lava Heron, Oyster Catchers, Plover, Yellow Warbler).

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the principal port (locode ECBAQ) and the capital of the Galapagos Province, located on the southwestern coast of the island.

In mid-June 2019, Ecuador and USA signed an agreement to allow US military aircraft to utilize the San Cristóbal Airport for combating drug trafficking. Galapagos Islands are approx 900 km (560 ml). According to Ecuador's constitution (Article 5), the republic is a peaceful territory and “establishment of foreign military bases or foreign facilities for military purposes shall not be allowed”. By the agreement, the USA would be paying for any alterations made to the airfield. The airport is on island's southwestern end and has two asphalt-covered runways (each with length 1900 m / 6234 ft) and both approached over the ocean. Regularly scheduled flights are operated by the airlines Avianca Ecuador and LATAM Ecuador (both linking to Guayaquil and Quito) and also by TAME EP (connecting to Guayaquil, Quito and Baltra Island).

San Cristobal Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to San Cristobal Island dock (anchor) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - port town on the southwestern coast.

The following map of Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries shows the two main routes and all island stops (ports / landing sites) in the archipelago.

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Popular San Cristobal Island shore excursion destinations are: 

  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado - giant tortoises breeding center
  • Wizard Hill (Cerro El Brujo) - white-sand beach on the northern coast
  • Punta Pitt (Pitt Point / landing point)
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Popular San Cristobal Island shore excursion destinations are: 

  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado - giant tortoises breeding center
  • Wizard Hill (Cerro El Brujo) - white-sand beach on the northern coast
  • Punta Pitt (Pitt Point / landing point)
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