OPUNTIA CACTUS GARDEN
SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND


The name of the site is due to the abundant presence of cacti or prickly pears of the genus Opuntias (Opuntia megasperma). Characterized by the small amount of water required in order to survive in dry climates. This is particularly true in the archipelago since it has large cactus, some come to measure up to four meters/13 feet high. The fruits of these plants serve as food for finches.

Along the trail, it is possible to encounter species of flora such as Galapagos cotton, chala, mangrove button, manzanillo, muyuyo, tuna, algabarro, rosewood, matazarno, and stifle. In addition to the present fauna: Mockingbird of San Cristóbal, small ground Finch, spotted Flycatcher, cactus Finch, and small tree Finch, among others.

Visitors to the garden of Opuntia Cacti can walk down the trail about 2 km/1.2 miles, observing a great variety of flora and fauna characteristic of the 'Enchanted Islands'. The road, which runs along the coastal part of the island, drive towards a beach of white sand called 'Twenty sticks', where you can take part in various leisure activities.

To access this site you must arrange for guided excursions with local tour operators.


Activities:

Hiking, snorkeling, swimming, photography and filming.