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GALAPAGOS SHARKSKY TRAVEL & CONSERVATION

" We are working to offer you a better experience, following all the security protocols.
Galapagos was declared free of covid 19 and since July 1st, we are open to receive tourism on our islands, the most important thing is you feel secure and happy. "

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TOURIST SITES IN SAN CRISTOBAL

Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido).
" To the northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an ancient and eroded volcanic lava tuff cone, named León Dormido or Kicker Rock. It is formed by two rocks approximately 148 meters/485 feet, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion. "

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Punta Pitt.
" Punta Pitt is located on the northeastern corner of San Cristóbal Island. The trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters/295 feet and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. "

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Española Island.
" Española island (or Hood, in honor to the British admiral Samuel Hood) with 60 km ², one of the smaller that form the Ecuadorian archipelago of the Galapagos islands. It is the oldest of all, with about 300 million years of existence. "

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ENVIRONMENTAL SETTING

The Galapagos Archipelago consists of a cluster of islands; thirteen islands (bigger than 10 km2), six islets and over forty rocks (many of them have oficial names).

The Archipielago is well isolated from other land masses (960 km from South America, 720 km from Cocos Island in Central America).

The total area of the Archipelago is 45.000 km2.

GEOLOGY

The Archipielago is located in the NASCAR Plate, close to the junction with the Cocos Plate. As a result of the spreading of the sea floor (the movement of plates in relation to each other) along the Galapagos Rift and the East Pacific Rise, the islands are moving south and eastward at a rate of more than 7 cm a year, which may not seem significant but would over a million years, amount to a slide of 70 km. the evidence that the plate on which the islands sit is moving eastward is that the oldest islands are located in the eastern part of the archipielago.

All the volcanic activity that has occurred recently is located on the Western Islands. The Hotspot Theory states that in certain places around the earth, there are stationary areas where there is intense heat in the mantle. These hotspots cause the crust to melt in certain places and give rise to volcanoes. The Galapagos volcanoes tend to have a smooth crust with rounded tops, rather than cones like Mt. Fuji in Japan, which was formed by explosive eruptions