San Cristobal Island Galapagos, Lagoon El Junco

El Junco Lagoon, the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos Archipelago, home to many birds. Located on the top of San Cristóbal, 19 km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is a good place to watch the changes in the vegetation covering the islands, six feet deep inside a small crater which in turn is located within the caldera of an extinct volcano.

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  • City:San Cristobal
  • Sector:Northeast
  • Address:19 km Puerto Baquerizo
  • Schedule of attention:Daily
  • Cost of revenue:Free



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Information of Lagoon El Junco

Lagoon El Junco is 19 km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, in a small crater which in turn is located within the large caldera of a volcano, now extinct and hard to distinguish without geological knowledge.

The volcano El Junco is a representative site of the San Cristobal Island for ecotourism. It has a crater 700 m.s.n.m. and whose fluid is vital for the people of the island.

Lagoon El Junco has an area of 60,000 m2 and its volume is 360,000 m3, equivalent to 9 million gallons of water. Its diameter is 270 m. and its maximum depth is 6 m. It is fed only by rainwater, in time of drought decreases up to 1 m. and when there are heavy rains increases your level until rebosarse forming a stream.

Lagoon El Junco is frequented by dozens of frigates flying and rub their wings with water. The waters are vital for the population of the island and most of the tourist boats in the Galapagos. This water comes from condensation of water vapor.

The name of the lake comes from a type of plant that is common in the surrounding area, known as "junk." Eleocharis mutates and is one family member Cyperacea.

The lagoon is surrounded by lush flora among the common plants are: guava in freshwater, freshwater fern, patillos in freshwater.

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Map Lagoon El Junco, San Cristobal Galapagos

Map of Lagoon El Junco, Galápagos Ecuador



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