Punta Pitt :: San Cristóbal Island
Punta Pitt is located at the east end of San Cristóbal Island. The trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoin.
The trip is 1,400 meters with an estimated time of two hours.
Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion.
This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 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 nests in the interior (rare in the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked boobies nest in the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lion.
Staff of the Technical Office of San Cristobal, conducts periodic inspections of non-native animals especially cats and rats, this in order to avoid them eating the lava lizards and the chicks of sea and land birds.
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Parts of the path are difficult to walk on, you have to climb a steep ravine, which can be very slippery and therefore dangerous.
The landing beach is a resting place for sea lions; young male and retired adults. Be careful with these animals and keep your distance to avoid disturbing them.