El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal

  • El Junco Lagoon - © Flickr User - Mikko Koponen
  • El Junco Lagoon - © Flickr User - Mulligan Stu

Key information: El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal

  • Circle the crater of this long-defunct little volcano. Superb views, fascinating vegetation and wildlife.

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Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 700m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

El Junco Lagoon - ©Flickr User - Mulligan Stu


El Junco is one of the few permanent freshwater lakes in the Galapagos.

Leaving from Puerto Baquenzo, follow signs for El Progresso. You can walk in 1.5 - 2 hrs (or hire a car/bus) from there to near El Junco. The final path, though uphill, is not difficult - the climb on a combination of gravel trails and boardwalks.

On reaching El Junco, you can circle the crater of this long-defunct volcano (within a larger caldera), taking in the wonderful panoramic views of the rest of the island, and enjoying the vegetation and the plentiful and active wildlife.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Galapagos Islands walk page.

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