Pitt Point, Galapagos

Stunning clifftop views and all 3 species of booby

Pitt Point, Galapagos
  • Biodiversity

  • Striking vistas

  • Beach quality

  • Difficulty

  • Snorkeling Quality

Overview

Pitt Point, or Punta Pitt, is at the far eastern edge of San Cristobal. Following a wet landing directly onto the beach you'll be welcomed by the friendly and noisy barking of the local colony of Galapagos Sea Lions! This is actually a bachelor colony of males who haven't held a breeding territory, and they can sometimes be the worse for wear if they have been fighting on one of the breeding beaches elsewhere.

After the noise of the beach, a quieter path takes us up the cliffs to a breeding site used by all 3 resident species of booby - the Blue-Footed, Red-Footed and Nazca Boobies. Nowhere else in the Galapagos do all three species nest side-by-side like this.

As well as this unique booby colony you can also see Galapagos Frigatebirds and petrels. In addition to the wonderful bird life, the view down to the beach and across the island from this high vantage point make the climb worth it.

The hiking trail lets you get a close look at the Saltbush and other tough shrubs that manage to survive in this sometimes eerie volcanic landscape. Your Galapatours guide will be able to explain in detail how hardy plants such as these colonise the lava fields all over the Galapagos.

Photos of Pitt Point

Highlights at Pitt Point

  • Bachelor Sea Lion colony
  • The only place to see all 3 booby species together
  • Wonderful views from the clifftops

Possible Activities

Snorkeling, panga ride, hiking, kayaking

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