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ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS RESERVE

Province: Galapagos

Location: Near El Junco Lagoon, via Puerto Chino

Creation: November 2018

Area: 101 hectares

Temperature:

Ecosystem: Tropical Forest of the Choco eco-region

Altitudinal range: 320-560 m

Flora and Fauna: The Galapagos were declared Natural Heritage, and are known for their unique biodiveristy and high level of endemism. The reserve was created to protect the Galapagos Petrel, Critically Endangered bird, which can only be found in five islands of the archipielago.

BIOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE

The Galapagos, also known as 'The Enchanted Islands' due to its rich flora and fauna, was declared World Heritage since 1978.

Our Galapagos Reserve is located in San Cristobal Island. The location is strategic because it protects a key area for the Galapagos Petrel breeding. Also, it protects unique fresh water sources of the island.

The Galapagos Petrel is a marine endemic bird Critically Endangered. This bird is part of the procellariiformes group, the most threatened seabird order. The main threats are found both at land and sea. These include: habitat loss, predators to breeding areas, incidental catch in fisheries, and pollution.

PLACES OF INTEREST

It is possible to arrive directly to San Cristobal Island from continental Ecuador because it has its own airport located west of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Here you will find:

  • Leon Dormido Rock, where you can snorkel
  • Lagoon El Junco
  • Galapaguera of Cerro Colorado
  • Puerto Chino
  • Beach Punta Carola
  • Interpretation Center

And much more!

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