Overall, we really enjoyed our time in San Cristobal. Again, we still like Santa Cruz the best out of the island we have visited due to the vibe here as it is certainly busier. Unlike Isabela we decided not to opt for any tours at this stage as we have already experienced a lot in the other 2 islands and we are only 7 weeks into a year long trip so keeping budget conscious is a must for us.
For any work.awayers there is also a few on this island as we feel it would have been a great place to work so just do some research before deciding what island you would like. There is also an Airport here which goes to and from the mainland but the local ferry only cross to and from Santa Cruz so if going to Isabela be aware that you will have to take 2 ferry trips to get there.
Listed below are a few of our loves, dislikes and recommendations:
-The Market – it wins as top of the list as I love immersing myself into the hustle and bustle of local life, eating with the locals and getting a snapshot of what life as a local on the island is like.
-The beaches we visited are all amazing. Stunning white sand, lava rocks, full of wildlife and are all free admission.
-$4USD pp lunches or $4USD pp dinners making it affordable (look for the white boards or ask in the restaurants)
-The Sunset – boats one of the best we have seen since the time on the islands and should be promoted much more as it’s a perfect spot to sip a cold beer and watch the sunsets.
-‘La Zayapa’ – great spot for happy hour – 3 beers for $8USD but it does close at 6pm
-The sea lions – this was by far the best island to see sea lions an they are everywhere and tame – but please don’t touch them especially the babies as the mother will reject them instantly if they smell like human. Oh, and also, they will attack you if you get too close while they are on land. FYI
-‘Cucuve Eco Hostal – Our accommodation. Amazing, $40USD per night and the hosts were beautiful souls. The hostel is far out of town but nice to in the silence and nature.
-The wildlife!! The main reason to travel to Galapagos. Isabela boasts the highest diversity of both land and marine life.
NEEDS SOME WORK:
-The litter on the island – not nearly as bad as Isabela but still needs some work outside the tourist spots. The education is by far the best on this island as it is written but the locals haven’t quite understood that they live in complete paradise and they have to keep it tidy so there is a lot of litter on the streets.
-The laid-back island life attitude of opening shops, bars and restaurants when it suits. Again, same problem as Isabela. We were used to it but on the day, we left we really struggled with somewhere in the shade to sit with a coffee from 12-2pm waiting for our ferry.