PUERTO CHINO BEACH
This beach is 24 km/nearly 15 miles from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a few kilometers from the Semi-Natural Giant Tortoise Reserve, near Colorado Hill.
One can access the beach driving up to the gravel quarry and then walking 1,475 meters/nearly 1 mile to reach the shore. In total, it takes around five hours to visit this place.
Due to the streams that are formed during the rainy season, which flow into the sea, the amount of white sand on the beach varies. In 1992-1993 the park constructed an enclosure to protect two species of endemic and threatened plants found in the area (Calandrina Galapagos and Lecocarpus leptolus).
Calandrina Galapagos is a succulent plant that accumulates water and acquires a reddish hue to decrease the amount of photosynthesis and maintain the internal liquids. Lecocarpus leptolobus is an endemic plant of the Compositae family, of which there are four species throughout the Galapagos Isalnds.
Hiking, swimming, photography and filming, camping (if previously authorized by the Galapagos National Park)