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Galapaguera

It is located in the vicinity of Cerro Colorado, from which it derives its name, which is one of the few places in which Calandrinia galapagosa, an endemic plant of San Cristóbal, can be observed.
This galapaguera has been built to improve the state of the island's terrestrial turtle population, Geochelone chatamensis, in an environment with similar conditions to its natural state and in this way foster tourism development in San Cristóbal.

Infrastructures have been integrated into a large corral of 1415 m2 and consist of: a visitor center (includes an interpretation room, conference room, souvenir shop, bar, restrooms and administration office), a breeding center (Includes a herpetology laboratory and growth pens), interpretive trails and two dwellings.

The San Cristobal tortoises constitute one of the eleven tortoise populations of the Galapagos. They mate once a year and females lay between 12 and 16 eggs. These are collected immediately by park rangers to put them in a dark box for 30 days, after which they are incubated (males at 24oC and females 28oC) for a period of 90 to 110 days. Later, the turtles are transferred to the growth pens where they remain for a period of two years, to finally be transported to their natural habitat (northeastern San Cristóbal).

The visitor center explains the natural history of this giant turtle population (Geochelone chatamensis), as well as the relationship and differences between the turtles of San Cristóbal and the other turtles of the archipelago in terms of origin and evolution . It also explains the current threat situation of the San Cristobal giant tortoise and why this area is necessary to ensure its long-term survival.

Along the trail you can see different species of native and endemic plants of Galapagos: cat's claw (Zanthoxylum fagara), manzanillo (Hippomane mancinella), matazarno (Piscidia carthagenensis), romerillo (Macraea laricifolia), milky (Scalesia pedunculata) Chala (Croton scouleri), acacia (Acacia sp.) And guayabillo (Psidium galapageium). In addition, associated with these plants can be observed birds such as cucuve (Nesomimus melanotis), maria canary (Dendroica petechia), small ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa), tree finch (Camarhynchus parvulus) and flycatchers (Myiarchus magnirostris).

Activities:

Walk, photograph and film.

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