"El Junco Lagoon" Isla San Cristóbal Things to Do Tip by MalenaN
Isla San Cristóbal Things to Do: 18 reviews and 87 photos
After visiting Galapaguera we went to El Junco Lagoon in the highlands of Isla San Cristóbal. El Junco is a freshwater lake, one of few in Galapagos Islands and it is a good supplier of water for the inhabitants on the island. The lake gets its water from rainwater. The diameter of the lake is 270m and the maximum depth is only 6m. El Junco is situated in an extinct crater at an altitude of 700m above sea level.
There is a trail around the rim and from the car park and back it is 1.4km long. When it is clear the views from here are supposed to be great, but when we visited it was very misty and it rained a little, which is common at this altitude. We only got a glimpse of the lake.
If it is clearer you will probably see the Frigatbirds that come here to wash the salt of their wings. Several species of wading birds can also be seen here and seven species of Darwin Finches has been recorded.
Along the path up to the crater rim we could see the endemic Miconia vegetation (Miconia robinsoniana). It is a typical plant in the highlands but the introduced aggressive blackberry and guava are causing sever damage to the Miconias. There were also lots of Bracken Fern growing along the path.
Update 2013: I visited El Junco in July 2013 again. This time I came alone and I arrived by bicycle. It was more orange in the landscape (see photos in the travelogue) and there was a better view over the lagoon, but it was not all clear. This time I didn’t walk around the lagoon, but I took a shorter path down to the lagoon, and then up again.
Directions: In the highlands of Isla San Cristóbal, 19km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.