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San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Charles Darwin began his research in the Galapagos when he disembarked on San Cristobal in 1835. Today, travelers flock to this Pacific Ocean paradise for the outdoor adventures, exceptional wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Along with numerous shops and restaurants, the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos province, is home to an interpretive center that explores the archipelago’s volcanic origins, conservation efforts and more. It also is a jumping off point for excursions to a sea lion rookery; Frigatebird Hill, which boasts outstanding bird-watching; and Kicker Rock, the 485-foot-tall tuff off which you can snorkel and scuba dive among manta rays, sea turtles and sharks. Hike past tortoises big and small at a reptile reserve, or swim in sapphire waters off the Punta Pitt peninsula, the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species of booby birds—red-footed, blue-footed and nazca—nesting together.

Language: Spanish
Currency: US dollar (US$)

San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Weather
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 82 86 86 82 81 81 77 75 75 75 77 79
Low 64 66 64 66 64 63 61 59 59 56 61 63
Temperature (Celsius)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 28 30 30 28 27 27 25 24 24 24 25 26
Low 18 19 18 19 18 17 16 15 15 13 16 17
Precipitation
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches 7 6 7 6 3 4 5 3 3 3 3 5
Centimeters 18 15 18 15 8 10 13 8 8 8 8 13
Precipitation Days
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Days 14 12 8 8 8 9 12 12 12 11 10 10