San Cristabal Island Galapagos, Cerro Tijeretas

The Cerro Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill) is located 2 km from the Interpretation Center, southwest of Isla San Cristobal. Named for the frigates of the place, whose tail ends in a pair of scissors, was one of the first places where he landed the English biologist Charles Robert Darwin. It is the ideal place to enjoy a spectacular view of white sand beaches on one side and the roofs of Puerto Baquerizo, on the other.

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  • City:San Cristobal
  • Sector:South
  • Address: Puerto Baquerizo
  • Schedule of attention:Daily
  • Cost of revenue:Free



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Information of Cerro Tijeretas

The Cerro Tijeretas is located within walking distance of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. About this site worked the farms, it was a fishing company and was present on the island between 1952 and 1960.

The hill is often visited by frigates, hence its name. Here you can see the magnificent frigates and grades on the same hill. This is the perfect place to compare and learn to distinguish between them.

At the top of Cerro Tijeretas, about 200 meters above sea level, we see a panoramic view that Darwin and the group used it as a delivery location for your trips. From this area you can see the islet of Sleeping Lion, Isla Lobos, Cerro Brujo, Puerto Baquerizo, Shipwreck Bay, beach and the island Punta Carola Santa Fe, said Carlos Ortega, an official of the local municipality.

It also has two balconies, one of which dates from the Second World War and was taken by the Ecuadorian Navy in the early 1970s for military exercises. In another viewpoint there is a statue of Charles Darwin in honor of his passing through San Cristobal.

The flora of the Cerro Tijeretas is considered as an extraordinary example of biological evolution. Among the native plants that can be seen are the cactus, red mangroves, with their typical aerial roots. The flora is very diverse in this area.

The Cerro Tijeras has an area of approximately 558 km ² and a mean monthly temperature ranges between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

It is ideal for the sport of surfing and snorkeling. It also has one path that connects directly to the Cerro Tijeretas the Centre.

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