Lagoon El Junco, San Cristobal

In the middle of Isla de San Cristobal sits Lagoon El Junco, a large fresh water lagoon perched 700 m (2297 ft) above sea level. The lagoon has a diameter of 270 m (886 ft), reaches depths of 6 m (20 ft) and rainwater remains its only source of rehydration. Thick endemic vegetation surrounds the lake, lush and deep green in color. Birds typically dip by and use the freshwater to wash off salt from the ocean. The trek to the lake offers gorgeous views of thick mist consuming rolling green hills. Expect to trek in wet weather conditions as rain and mud are not strangers to this area. Don't forget to bring insect repellent as some creatures can leaves some nasty bites. Our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder makes visiting Lagoon El Junco and other Puerto Baquerizo Moreno attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • After a steep trail, you will find a Lake, and a nice view of the ocean. The Lake was only a lake.
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  • We rented a taxi and visited this fresh water lake, 700 m above sea level. There are spectacular panoramic views at the top. We were lucky as it was clear! We heard that often the crater lake is miste...  more »
  • This has been my research site and so I am biased, but the lake is spectacular so long as it is not cloudy (then you can't even see that there is a lake). The only permanent freshwater lake in the isl...  more »
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  • You can walk up about 10 minutes from the El Junco parking lot. I went there by public bus which runs on sundays. It took about 20 minutes from the Mercado to El Junco parking place. The weather was totally different when I got there. It was foggy that I could not see the lake clearly. But It was good to enjoy the mood.
  • Incredible place!!
  • It is a lagoon in Galapagos for being the largest reserve of fresh water on the Islands, and in addition to its natural charm, has panoramic views paths of San Cristobal. Here above you can observe and listen to the frigates taking quick freshwater baths and then shake sea salt in the air, go musical! I recommend walking 10 kilometers from return of the rush to progress.
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  • Fascinating place. Pure nature. 30 minutes from the port. Walk includes rise occasionally muddy path and steps of stairs. Wear shoes suitable for difficult terrain. In the end, the view is awesome. If there are environmental conditions may even go down the stairs leading to the right side of the lagoon up to a viewpoint what there is on the shores of the lagoon, where you can see endemic ducks.
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  • Beautiful lagoon of film!
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