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San Cristobal

The Galapagos Island Where Darwin First Landed

San Cristobal Island is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos, geologically speaking. As you relax on the sundeck of your yacht you’ll notice that four volcanoes have fused together, creating its distinctive shape. A single lake, El Junco, provides the island with fresh water, and for this reason it became inhabited relatively early on. The lake is accessible on an enjoyable late afternoon hike.

When Darwin sailed to the Galapagos, San Cristobal was the first place he came ashore. Today, San Cristobal is one of the few islands in the Galapagos accessible by plane: you can fly here direct from Quito, which is significantly faster though less romantic than coming by boat.
 
On the island there are plenty of sites of interest to budding conservationists. La Galapaguera, just off the coast, is a sanctuary and breeding station for giant tortoise; and blue footed booby nest at Isla Lobos. In the waters around the island you can spot dolphin, shark, and ray, and there are also plenty of marine iguana, lobster, and sea lion.
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Accommodation:
MV Origin
Galapagos cruising took a great leap forward when the MV Origin was launched. This state of the art vessel moves swiftly between the islands, maximising your time for exploring, but it is incredibly fuel efficient so as to reduce its environmental impact.
Accommodation:
Santa Cruz II
The finest ship sailing in the Galapagos, the Santa Cruz II is a state of the art expedition vessel ideally suited for exploration in shallow waters. This small cruise ship has superb facilities - not least two hot tubs for relaxing on the deck.
Accommodation:
Silver Galapagos
The Silver Galapagos is the smallest ship in Silversea’s family of exclusive cruise ships. There are 75 crew onboard to service the 100 guests, and the national park certified guides will lead you on an action packed programme that includes hiking, snorkeling, and Zodiac safaris.
Accommodation:
Mary Anne
Discover Darwin’s enchanted Galapagos from the decks of the Yacht SS Mary Anne. This elegant and surprisingly speedy sailing ship is square rigged and really cuts a stunning figure as she sails between the islands, and she has been carefully designed to be environmentally friendly.
Accommodation:
Evolution
The Galapagos Evolution is a classical cruiser with an array of modern comforts. She is small enough to give passengers a personalised and intimate experience, yet large enough to contain everything you need to make this trip through the archipelago special.
Accommodation:
Galapagos Safari Camp
Galapagos Safari Camp offers a truly authentic island experience, bringing the magic of African safari to the Pacific islands. Adventure is at the heart of this camp, but luxury and comfort have certainly not been compromised. This is a stylish camp in an iconic Galapagos setting.
Accommodation:
La Pinta
La Pinta is a truly luxurious yacht; the ideal choice for travellers seeking to cruise the Galapagos in style. The yacht’s extensive crew are on hand to cater to your every need, and the facilities on board are exceptional.