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San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

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The Location

  • Getting There

Travel to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador then take a flight to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands. You will be collected from the San Cristobal airport. O2E can arrange your transport from Quito airport to the Galapagos Islands.
If you are coming from another island after touring some of Galapagos, we will arrange for your collection from the port.

  • The Location

A trip to the Galapagos Island will be the journey of your lifetime. Located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consist of 13 major islands, of which 5 are inhabited, 3 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets.

An archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator, the Galapagos Islands are born from volcanoes erupting violently out of the sea.

Millions of years ago, plant and animal species traversed 1000 kms of ocean to colonise the islands, leaving species isolated and evolving independently on different islands. Noteworthy species include the Galapagos land iguanas, marine iguanas, the only iguana that feeds in the sea, Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos green turtle, blue-footed booby, popular among visitors for their large blue feet which they show off in courtship, Galapagos penguin, the only living tropical penguin and the Galapagos sea lions.

In 1959, the Ecuadorian government declared 97.5% of the archipelago's land area a national park, except those areas already colonised. In 1986, the 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 sq mi.) of ocean surrounding the islands was declared a marine reserve, second in size only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and in 1990, the archipelago became a whale sanctuary. UNESCO recognised the islands in 1978 as a World Heritage Site and in 1985, as a biosphere reserve.

The Island of San Cristobal is a large island with a population of about 7,000 inhabitants housing many attractions including an enclosed salt water swimming pool that entices more sea lions than people. The project is 5 minutes from the main port where volunteers will find many restaurants, snack bars, internet cafes and medical services.

The Galapagos Islands are blessed with pleasant weather all year round, which means that there is no better time to visit this unique paradise.

The principal language on the islands is Spanish.

  • Free Time and Travel Opportunities