Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an Ecuadorian city, cantonal head of the San Cristóbal Canton and capital of the Province of Galapagos, as well as the second largest and most populous city in the same
It is located to the east of the Galapagos Islands, in the west of the island of San Cristóbal, at an altitude of 15 meters above sea level and with a warm semi-arid climate of 24.3 °C on average.
It is called "The Capital of Paradise" for being the political and administrative center of the archipelago. In the 2015 provincial census, it had a population of 6,140 inhabitants, making it the second most populous city in the Galapagos Islands, behind Puerto Ayora. Its origins date from the 19th century, but it is from its designation as the provincial capital, when it presents an accelerated demographic growth until establishing an urban town, which would later be one of the three urban centers of Galapagos. The main activities of the city are tourism, artisanal fishing, bureaucracy and agriculture.
Near the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno there are tourist sites, such as Cerro Tijeretas, a nesting colony for frigate birds and a statue of Charles Darwin, which marks the original site where he first landed on the Galapagos Islands during the second voyage of HMS Beagle. , on September 16, 1835.6
La Lobería, a colony of sea lions, is located about ten minutes by bus from the city.
There are other attractions close to the city, such as:
- Barrio Frio Beach
- Cape Horn or Punta Carola
- mann beach
- Interpretation Center
- Eco Malecon Charles Darwin