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An incredible 360 circuit of San Cristobal including the amazing Sleeping Lion rock!

This fantastic one day tour is possibly the best way to see San Cristobal.  It will take you around the entire coastal profile of San Cristobal Island, including the famous Leon Dormido Islet.

Tour composition:

  • 20%Bird Watching 

  • 20% Beach walk 

  • 60% Snorkelling 

Intensity levels:

Hike: Moderate / Snorkelling: Moderate / Boat Navigation: Moderate to Strong / Physical effort: Moderate 

Ambient temperature: (27 ° - 33 °)

Itineraries

Bahía Rosa Blanca

Beach and Snorkeling

It is a small bay located northeast of San Cristóbal Island, a few minutes from Montones de Arena and Veinte Varas. Rosa Blanca is characterized by having several small beaches, but whose main attraction is the large beach located in the center of the small bay where there is a large number of dunes that, added to its crystal clear waters, generate a unique landscape attraction in the area. . The entire bay of Rosa Blanca and its bass is an ideal area for fishing for wahoo, palometa, ojón, liza, cod. Additionally, there is the presence of species of shark, rays and sea turtles that are the ideal complement for snorkeling activities.

Punta Pitt - Pitt Isle

Bird watching

Ideal site for bird watching from the boat. It has a very special and unique geographic location in the Galapagos Islands where you can see the three species of boobies and the two species of frigates. The species find enough food so there is no competition between them. Blue-footed boobies nest inside Pitt Islet, Red-footed boobies nest on bushes, and Masked Boobies nest on cliffs. Another additional attraction is the presence of colonies of Sea Lions.

Sardina Bay

Beach and Snorkelling

It is characterized by being a site for the fishing of several species such as sardines, liza, octopus, lobster, prawn, among others. Sardina Bay includes two beaches whose attractions are its small white sand dunes added to its crystal clear waters ideal for snorkelling, taking into account that in this bay there is a large presence of sea turtles, rays and sea lions.

Punta Pucuna

Lava Walk

It is a traditional fishing site used for many years by the San Cristóbal fishing sector, located northwest of San Cristóbal a few minutes from Cerro Brujo and León Dormido. The site includes a small bay formed by three beaches, which due to its location generates a unique landscape attraction due to the presence of lava cones behind its beaches and added to the spectacular view in the distance offered by Cerro Brujo and León Dormido, an excellent place for photography. We will hike or hike for about 45 minutes.

Cerro Brujo

Scenic views

We will continue to Cerro Brujo (Ideal place for photographs) where we will do panga ride (navigate around the rock) to observe the magnificent islet in the middle of the sea rising 500 feet from the ocean.

Leon Dormida - Sleeping Leon

Snorkelling

Magnificent islet in the middle of the sea rising 500 feet from the ocean, it has the shape of a gigantic sleeping lion, hence its name. The rocks are the remains of a vertical formation of tuff stone and it is a favourite place for various species of seabirds. It is one of the best places for snorkelling and you will be able to observe black tip sharks, white tip sharks, Galapagos shark, hammerhead shark, eagle rays, turtles and a variety of fish.

  • Transfer from your hotel in Isla San Cristobal

  • Yacht Navigation

  • Naturalist Guide (Spanish / English)

  • Lunch on board

  • Fins - Snorkel Equipment

  • Drinks

  • Gratuities

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    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) $295.00 $0.00 /Person

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Single travellers are welcome too! If you decide to come on your own, we will pair you up with someone from the same sex and a similar age group, or if you prefer, you can pay the single person supplement and have the room to yourself.

On some trips, there will be some climbing in and out of boats on this trip but many travellers in their seventies manage these sorts of trips. There will be some hiking involved so it can be a good idea to prepare yourself for this type of holiday by getting a bit of practise in before you go. Ultimately, it's your call.

If you get seasick in your home country, then it is likely you will get seasick in the Galapagos Islands as these tours do involve quite a bit of time onboard boats. That said, there are many medications and techniques to help combat this problem and your doctor may also be able to advise on how best to reduce this problem.

Internet in the Galapagos Islands is notoriously slow and patchy, although all of the hotels we use do have it. Just don't expect the kind of blistering speeds available in the UK and you won't be disappointed!

Although some tour companies pack you in to maximise their profits, at Toucanto we do realise that you are not a sardine! With that in mind our tours are limited to a maximum of twenty people, unless you are travelling with a club or society tour, where you should know everyone anyway.

Each tour is tailored to be as accessible as possible, but some tours will not be suitable for small children. The ability to swim is an obvious consideration for any tours centred around water-based activities. Each tour will indicate on the booking page ‘Trip Facts’ if it is suitable for families, but as a parent you remain responsible for your child at all times.

Although we are not able to offer extra nights for this trip, it may be possible to change to a longer itinerary before your trip begins. If you wish to explore this possibility, please contact our sales department for more information.

If you have specific dietary requirements we recommend that you contact us prior to booking so that we can verify if we can meet your needs on the trip.

Good question! On the Survival Kit page of this website you can find useful advice about what to pack for your Toucanto trip.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are widely considered to be a safe location to visit and many thousands of people visit them every year without incident. See our Travel Survival Kit web page for advice on keeping safe when you travel.

In the Galapagos Islands, as well as the rest of Ecuador the US Dollar is the currency of use.

While travellers cheques can be used in larger cities, we recommend a mixture of currency and debit or credit card for the safest way to carry your money. There is a good availability of cashpoints or ATMs in the larger towns and some establishments may also take ApplePay.

Please refer to our Travel Survival Kit for details on this topic as well as links to the latest UK Government Advice. For other countries of origin please contact your medical authorities for this information.

Although there is a hospital in Puerto Ayora, Medical Services in the Galapagos Islands are limited, and serious injuries or illness may require an airlift to the mainland. It is essential that all visitors to the Galapagos Islands carry adequate travel Insurance to cover them in the event of a problem. Should you need medical assistance speak to your guide who will make the necessary arrangements for your care.

If you have a specific query related to your planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and you can't see your answer here, please drop us a line using the 'Trip Enquiry' button and we will do our best to answer your question.

The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

The policies on sanitization are:
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff.
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas. Gear/equipment sanitised between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised.

The policies on social distancing are:

Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.

The policies on staff health & safety are:

Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.

The maximum number of people on this group is 10

The policies on staff health and safety are:

Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.

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