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Nice View from Top

El Junco is the mayor lagoon of sweat water of all islands. To get here you can hire a tour or by... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2015
Mateo J
20 minutes walk up & you know you're out of shape

Worth the exercise to go up the 300 steps to the top and then down the dirt path to the little... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2015
Bcr8tve
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The Woodlands, Texas
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“fresh water” (11 reviews)
“frigate birds” (14 reviews)
“short hike” (3 reviews)
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Reviewed 10 June 2015

El Junco is the mayor lagoon of sweat water of all islands. To get here you can hire a tour or by taxi ($2 from town). From parking lot you have to walk up like 1 mile or 300 to 400 steps to get to...More

Thank Mateo J
Reviewed 2 April 2015

Worth the exercise to go up the 300 steps to the top and then down the dirt path to the little viewing platform. you can't actually get to the lagoon due to the foliage and conservation efforts. Frigates dive into the water for fish and...More

Thank Bcr8tve
Reviewed 1 April 2015

Included on many (~$60) taxi tours of the "highlands," the lagoon is freshwater and circled by a path that makes for a pleasant walk. Good views of SE part of island if the weather is clean. You can also usually see a few frigate birds...More

Thank LMOverby
Reviewed 20 February 2015

It was a really nice place. A taxi can get you there but you'll have to walk 500m up. While you're travelling to the "parte alta" you get to see a lot of microclimates

1  Thank Irene L
Reviewed 13 February 2015

It's a very scenic hike around the interesting freshwater lake. The hike is not very steep, but, is quite slippery in places. We saw quite a few of the magnificent frigate birds, returning from the sea, that came to wash the salt off their feathers...More

Thank Dajoma
Reviewed 17 January 2015

On the day we chose to visit as part of a tour with our taxi driver it was pouring with rain and very misty, so we didn't actually see very much. There is quite a steep walk to the top, take care some of the...More

Thank Mags
Reviewed 2 January 2015

It was so cloud covered we weren't able to see much. I generally love hikes but this one was brutal without much payoff at the end. Let me save you the trip by saying that things are very green and lush at the top...

Thank CindieJonas
Reviewed 22 December 2014

My guide brought us here following the turtle breeding center. It is the highest point on San Cristobal Island at about 2300 ft or 700 m. It's a relatively easy 1/2 mile hike up although it can be a bit slippery before the wooden steps...More

Thank vagabondginger
Reviewed 15 November 2014

Very cool to see the birds bathe in the water to clean their wings. A bit of a steep climb but on stairs and only a short hike.

Thank WhiteBread22
Reviewed 2 October 2014

nice to walk around if you have the time, it was extremely misty when we were there so we couldn't see much.

Thank Tyneil N
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