Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
City
View of San Cristoban
View of San Cristoban
Flag of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Flag
Coat of arms of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Coat of arms
Motto: "Capital del Paraíso" - "Paradise's Capital"
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located in Galápagos Islands
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Coordinates: 00°54′09″S 89°36′33″W / 0.90250°S 89.60917°W / -0.90250; -89.60917Coordinates: 00°54′09″S 89°36′33″W / 0.90250°S 89.60917°W / -0.90250; -89.60917
Country Ecuador
Government
 • Mayor Ab. Pedro Zapata
Area
 • City 109.60 km2 (42.32 sq mi)
 • Metro 848.50 km2 (327.61 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • City 6,672
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Metro 7,475
Website www.sancristobalgalapagos.gov.ec (Spanish)

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galápagos Province, in Ecuador. It is located along the southwestern coast of San Cristóbal, the easternmost island in the archipelago.

Even though it is the capital, the town has the second largest population: 6,672 inhabitants, mainly fishermen. The primary industries are artisan fishing, tourism, and arable farming. The town includes an Interpretation Center, but its tourism infrastructure is not as advanced as in Puerto Ayora.

The city takes its name from the president Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno (1859-1951), the first president to visit the Galápagos Islands during his presidency.

Residents founded and still operate the Albatross Foundation USA.

Climate[edit]

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno has an atypical arid climate (Köppen climate classification BWh).

Despite being less than one full latitudinal degree away from the Equator, temperatures in the town and the surrounding area on the island never reach the unbearable heights expected for such an equatorial location. Temperatures remain astonishingly similar year-round, fluctuating only several degrees from January means to July means.

However, two seasons predominate: the cooler, dry season that typically lasts from June to November and brings light drizzle, oceanic coastal fog, mild to warm temperatures, and mainly overcast skies. All of these characteristics are evident due to the presence of the cold Humboldt Current that flows north from Peru and Chile. Although this is considered the dry season for the actual total rain amount at this time is exceptionally light, it tends to precipitate very slowly in the form of extremely light drizzle and is often accompanied with grey, overcast skies.

The wet season lasts roughly from December to March, and brings an abundance of bright sunshine along with sporadically brief, yet often intense, tropical thunderstorms. Annual average precipitation amounts to approximately 288.8 mm (11.37 in), 86% of which falls in the five-month wet season period spanning December till May. Precipitation falls an average of 107 days a year (precipitation ≥ 0.004" / 0.1 mm).

Climate data for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 84
(29)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
84
(29)
81
(27)
77
(25)
75
(24)
75
(24)
77
(25)
79
(26)
81
(27)
80.9
(27.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 79
(26)
80
(27)
80
(27)
80
(27)
78
(26)
75
(24)
72
(22)
71
(22)
70
(21)
72
(22)
73
(23)
75
(24)
75.4
(24.3)
Average low °F (°C) 73
(23)
73
(23)
73
(23)
73
(23)
72
(22)
70
(21)
66
(19)
66
(19)
64
(18)
66
(19)
68
(20)
70
(21)
69.5
(20.9)
Rainfall inches (mm) 1.89
(48)
2.64
(67.1)
3.35
(85.1)
1.38
(35.1)
0.63
(16)
0.08
(2)
0.16
(4.1)
0.20
(5.1)
0.28
(7.1)
0.28
(7.1)
0.20
(5.1)
0.28
(7.1)
11.37
(288.9)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.004 inch / 0.1 mm) 12 8 7 5 4 4 12 11 13 11 9 11 107
Mean monthly sunshine hours 176.7 212.8 232.5 234.0 238.7 228.0 192.2 173.6 144.0 161.2 165.0 179.8 2,338.5
Source: ClimateTemps [1]

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Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands". www.climatemps.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Sister Cities: Chapel Hill & San Cristobal". Center for Galapagos Studies Development. 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.