Kicker Rock (León Dormido) is a cone-shaped rock of volcanic tuff in the middle of the ocean. It is approximately 148 meters (485 ft.) high, formed by two rocks that create a canal, making it an ideal spot for different aquatic activities.
- Birdwatching blue-footed boobys and Nazca boobys. You can also see pelicans and frigatebirds (there are two species in the Galápagos: the Magnificent and the Great frigate bird).
- Snorkeling and diving with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, fishes, sea lions, and a variety of impressive sea life.
Beaches: Cerro Brujo – Manglesito – Puerto Grande.
(The beach visited will depend on the itinerary and the permits issued by the national park).
Cerro Brujo (Witch’s Hill):
In the past, the early settlers of the island would use salt from the mines to curate the fish. From this practice derives bacalao, a dried and salted cod, an essential ingredient in an exquisite traditional Ecuadorian dish prepared during Easter.
You will have the unique opportunity to observe two plants from the halophyte species (Salicornia fructirosa y Scaevola plumieri) that grow here due to the soil being rich in salt.
This coral-sand beach is an incredible place for scenic landscape photography. You can also get a view of Kicker Rock (León Dormido) or its profile if viewed from the hilltop.
If the weather conditions are favorable, you will be able to enjoy a panga ride (motorized dinghies) around the area.
You can visit the mangrove area as well as enjoy the beach. Thanks to its location, it is a beautiful place for birdwatching endemic birds such as the Galápagos duck. There are two main flora species predominant on this beach. First, is the Sesuvium edmonstonei, commonly known as Galápagos carpet weed which has a salty flavor. Secondly is the button mangrove.
Locals surfers are known to visit this location due to the waves that form thanks to a reef located on the side of the beach.
Puerto Grande Beach:
In this area, you can find a system of dunes and diverse plant species. Birdwatching is also a great option due to the presence of different sea birds, coastal and migrating birds.
This beach also serves the function of a nursery for baby sharks due to the protection provided by the mangroves.
In the last few years, there has been a decrease in the frequency of visits to this location since it became a place for researchers to explore ways to preserve its ecosystem and species.