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CERRO DRAGON (Dragon Hill) Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island 


Permitted Uses:   Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide
Photography and filming    Guided walks    Associated Activities authorized by the GNPS in the itineraries of Authorized Vessels

The visitors site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long. 

It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) in healthy state. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. The iguanas on North Seymour (originally from Baltra), iguanas from Cartago Bay (Isabela Island) and iguanas of Santa Cruz Island were studied and then transported to pens especially designed for these animals to breed in captivity. By 1979 first iguana were born.

The entire iguana population of Cerro Dragon was transported to the Venice Islet to keep the away from the wild dogs which in those days abounded in the place. Soil from the base of Cerro Dragon was also transported to Islet to create an appropriate environment for nesting iguanas. It was necessary to separate the Venice Islet from Santa Cruz Island with a barbed wire fence to prevent predator dogs from crossing to the Islet, which is separated from the island by a very narrow channel. Several iguanas that were reproduced in Venice were returned to Cerro Dragon in 1990. 

Currently there are no dogs in Cerro Dragon, and the Galapagos National Park Service performs constant monitoring of cats and donkeys.

In the lagoons at this site, there is shrimp (Artemia salina), the same as is the food of flamingos; at certain times of year they are more abundant and therefore the population of these birds is larger. During rainier times the water of the lagoons become too sweet and therefore shellfish populations decline, and shorebirds also become scarce.

Special Indications 

  • Dragon Hill has been open for tourism since 1993. The repatriation of land iguanas to this site presents a good option to avoid the overhead of tourism in the South Plaza Island.

  • The beach is very rocky. At high tide it's a nice place for snorkeling.

  • At this visiting site you can find vegetation of typical the intertidal zone and dry zone.

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LOCATION

Escalera
La Playa
Daphne Major Isl.
Gardner Bay
Punta Suárez
Punta Espinoza
Asilo de la Paz
Cerro Alieri
La Lobería
Mirador de la Baronesa
Post Office
Punta Cormorant
Darwin Bay
El Barranco
Urbina Bay
Calera
Caleta Tagus
"ARNALDO TUPIZA" Breeding Center
The Wetlands
Concha de Perla
Cueva de Sucre
Las Tintoreras
Sulfur mines

ISLAND

Bartolomé Island
Bartolomé Island
Daphne Major Isl.
Española Island
Española Island
Fernandina Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Genovesa Island
Genovesa Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island

 

Mirador del Mango
Playa Tortuga Negra
Punta Albemarle
Punta Moreno
Volcán Alcedo
V. Sierra Negra/V.Chico
Plazas Sur
Rábida
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo
Cerro Tijeretas
Galap. Cerro Colorado
Galapaguera Natural
Lobos Island
Jardín de las Opuntias
La Lobería
"El Junco" Lagoon
Manglecito
Playa Baquerizo
Playa Ochoa
Puerto Chino
Puerto Grande
Punta Carola

 

Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
South Plaza Isl.
Rábida Island
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.

 

Punta Pitt
Ballena Bay
Tortuga Bay
Fausto Llerena Breeding Cent.
M. Cifuentes Visitor Center
Cerro Dragón
El Garrapatero
El Mirador de los Túneles
Las Grietas
/ Los Gemelos
Playa de la Estación
Playa Las Bachas
Playa de Los Perros
Puntudo/Cerro Crocker
El Chato reserve
Santa Fe
Sullivan Bay
Salt mines
Playa Espumilla
Puerto Egas
North Seymour
Mosquera
Sombrero Chino

 

San Cristóbal Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Fe Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
N. Seymour Isl.
Mosquera Island
Sombero Chino Isl.

LOCATION

Bartolomé Punta
Daphne Minor
El Arco
El Arenal
Bajo Gardner
Gardner Island
Islote Osborn
Punta Suárez
Cabo Douglas
Cabo Hammond
Punta Espinoza
Punta Mangle
Corona del Diablo
Caldwell Island
Islote Champion
Islote Enderby
Islote Gardner
Islote Watson
Darwin Bay
Elizabeth Bay
Cabo Marshall
Cabo Rosas
Caleta Shimpth
Tagus Cove
Cowley Island
Tortuga Island
Tortuga Oeste Islet

ISLAND

Bartolomé Island
Daphne Minor Isl.
Darwin Island
Darwin Island
Española Island
Española Island
Española Island
Española Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Genovesa Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island

 

La Viuda
Punta Alfaro
Punta García
Punta Vicente Roca
Roca Blanca
Roca Cuatro Hermanos
Roca Redonda
Roca Unión
Playa Negra
Punta Espejo
Punta Mejía
Punta Montalvo
Islote Mosquera
Cabo Chalmers
Cabo Ibbetson
Puerto Posada
Punta Nerus
Islote Dumb
Islote Onan
Roca Sin Nombre
Plazas Sur
Rábida Island
Cerro Tijeretas
Lobos Island
Five Fingers Islet
Islote Punta Pitt

 

Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinzón Island
Pinzón Island
Pinzón Island
Plazas Island
Rábida Island
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.

 

León Dormido
Roca Ballena
Roca Este
Caleta Tortuga Negra
Guy Fawkes Sur
Edén Island
Islote Camaño
Las Palmitas
Punta Carrión
Punta Estrada
Rocas Gordon
Fondeadero
Punta El Miedo
James Bay
Caleta Bucanero
Islote Albany
Roca Cousins
Roca Don Ferdi
Rocas Bainbridge
Rocas Beagle
Canal Seymour
Zona Nor-Este
El Derrumbe
Islote La Ventana
La Banana
Punta Shark Bay

 

San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
North Seymour Isl.
North Seymour Isl.
Wolf Island
Wolf Island
Wolf Island
Wolf Island




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