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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.

The walking trail is 1,400 meters/nearly one mile, with an estimated time of two hours, round trip.

Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to a unique form of natural erosion.

This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. The reason that there are three species of boobies at Punta Pitt is due to the geographic location: there is enough food so there is no competition between them. The blue-footed boobies nest in the interior (rarely on the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked boobies nest along the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lions at the landing point, in the bay.

Staff of the Technical Office of San Cristobal, conduct periodic inspections of non-native animals especially cats and rats in this area. This is in order to avoid them preying on the lava lizards and the chicks of marine birds.

Activities:

Hiking, snorkeling, birdwatching, photography and filming.