The 10 Best Things to Do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

October 19, 2017 Merry Kessler

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpweɾto βakeˈɾiso moˈɾeno]) is the capital of Galápagos Province, Ecuador. It is located on the southwestern coast of San Cristóbal, the easternmost island in the archipelago, and is the capital of San Cristóbal Canton. It was founded by General Villamil Playas in the mid-19th century, and takes its name from President Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno (1859–1951). Today, fishing is the main activity of the locals, but tourism is on the increase along the waterfront with numerous hotels and shops.
Restaurants in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

1. Kicker Rock

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
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4.5 based on 890 reviews

Kicker Rock

Reviewed By Pollenman - Palm Bay, Florida

Black-tips and Galapagos sharks are the most abundant with occasional hammerheads and white-tips. Rays and turtles are often there. I have visited 10+ times. Visibility can be variable and is generally better when sea-conditions are calm in February than in May-June. The wall there offers great snorkeling and keep an eye open for pelagics swimming past.
Entry is from the boat and most boats provide a dinghy in case anyone wants to get out before the rest of the group is ready. Max group size is 16.

2. Cerro Tijeretas

Port Baquerizo Moreno, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Excellent
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4.5 based on 259 reviews

Cerro Tijeretas

Reviewed By tracyrocks - Brooklyn, New York

Came here in October 2017 with Guiding Galapagos. There are signs clearly marked from the Interpretation Center to go to Tijertas and climb up the somewhat steep steps. I would suggest wearing keens/chacos/etc if youre going to climb this and snorkel. I did this in flip flops and it was not the easiest especially since some of the path is just dirt and rock. So you get to the top and you can see Kicker Rock in the distance and there are frigate birds flying pretty close by to you at the lookout points. It is really cool. Then go back down and you just leave your belongings outside the water. There were a good amount of people snorkeling here and our guide told us that you can only snorkel here at high tide. We saw convict surgeonfish, stingray, a handful of green sea turtles, parrotfish, giant damselfish. Unfortunately the 4 of us got stung by jellyfish. I got stung in the beginning of the snorkeling and about half hour later towards the end of our snorkeling my friends got stung. I was fine and able to continue to swim around. They thought it was worse. Maybe it didnt feel as bad to me since I was in the cold water for the first half hour? lol The water is super clear so seeing the fish and turtles is easy!

3. San Cristobal Interpretation Center

2 km Southwest of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
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4 based on 271 reviews

San Cristobal Interpretation Center

Reviewed By Stephen A - Ashbourne, United Kingdom

We visited this centre, and learned of the earliest discovery of the Islands, the 1832 territorial declaration by Ecuador, Darwin's visit of 1835, and colonisation since. You'll learn if the origin of the National Park and plans for the future. We felt that the centre "brought the story together", though there is quite a lot of Reading to do!

4. La Loberia

Ecuador
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4.5 based on 419 reviews

La Loberia

Reviewed By indie_dive - Minneapolis, Minnesota

There are lots of sea lions and their pups on the playa area. I feel like we, humans, have invaded their space. It will be better to make La Loberia as a special zone for the sea lions than for tourists.
Some parts of the beach are covered by rocks and the sea is bit rough there. The sandy area is not big though and half part of it is where the sea lions are relaxing with their pups. Use swimming shoes when you plan to visit the place to cover your feet from being cut when walking the rocky beach.

5. Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion

Avenida Alsacio Northia, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 200150, Ecuador
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion

Reviewed By Indiana_Jonesse - San Francisco, California

I walked past this place several times a day and I finally stopped and peeked inside. The architecture is very nice. The inside is also very nice. A nice place to visit and appreciate the local people's religious belief.

6. Estatua de Charles Darwin

Cerro Tijeretas, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 200150, Ecuador
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Estatua de Charles Darwin

Reviewed By SharksSupporter1 - Durban

We left our dive boat and walked through the town up to the Charles Darwin Research Centre in the pouring rain but it was well worth the walk.

7. Playa Mann

Islas Galapagos, Ecuador
Excellent
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Playa Mann

Reviewed By Rafaella P - Sao Paulo, SP

It is a quite beach, easy to reach through a 10 minutes walking from the pier. There are plenty of playful sea lions both in the sand and in the water. The water is incredibly blue and also a good spot for sknorkelling. It is just in front of the path to the entrance of Charles Darwin Research Centre. You could easily visit both places (and even Las Tijeretas) in a half day, if you are running out of time.

8. Galapagos Transfers

Calle Cuenca y Ambato | Barrio Algarrobos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 200150, Ecuador +593 99 652 4953
Excellent
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Galapagos Transfers

With Galapagos Transfers you can book your inter-island ferry tickets in advance, both online and in-site. Visit our website for complete info on schedules and ferry routes in the Galápagos Islands. Booking online and in advance is avaible. Our team will be happy to help you with your trip plannig.

Reviewed By 831travelgirl - Santa Cruz, California

If you are looking to create a hybrid visit to the Galapagos you can always take inter-island flights between San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabla and save some travel time to explore further. The airports are tiny but run on time and are very efficient. There is so much pride everywhere you turn when traveling around the Islands. The flights are not abundant so plan accordingly and they are pretty affordable considering the remote nature of these islands-600 miles off shore.

9. Playa Baquerizo

Path to Playa carola | Desde Cerro Tijeretas, sendero de 2 km, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 200150, Ecuador
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4 based on 4 reviews

Playa Baquerizo

Reviewed By Rochelle F - West Orange, New Jersey

This is a lovely beach - wide with nice sand. We just arrived and were walking but wanted to come back and swim. Not many people here. There were sea lions though.

10. Swordfish Fountain

Avenida de la Armada Nacional, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 200150, Ecuador
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3 based on 2 reviews

Swordfish Fountain

Reviewed By Escape-overseas - Stevenage, United Kingdom

Would be more impressive if they added water. More a sculpture than a Fountain at the moment. Located in the harbour area with other interesting features nearby.

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