Adventure in Isabela Island, Galapagos
VOLCAN SIERRA NEGRA
Being the oldest active volcano in Isabela, Sierra Negra imposes itself as the true king of the island, forever kept company by the Volcan Chico, it’s youngest and smallest royal subject. Sierra Negra’s crater crown is the second largest in the world, with a diameter over 10 kilometers wide, and it’s regal stature, from base to summit, creates a wide variety of climates that concentrate communities of endemic and immigrant wildlife.
It’s located at a 45 minute driving distance from La Casa de Marita and Puerto Villamil; and is truly an activity we recomend to all of our visitors that simply cannot be missed. The experience can take up to 8 hours, and offers some of the most spectacular views of the whole archipelago. You may choose a route by horse or foot from the mandatory “El Cura” (The Priest) stop, and, in either case, we recommend sunblock, a good camera, and; depending on the season, a small umbrella for the occasional shower.
Las Tintoreras are a set of tiny islands formed from volcanic rock and red, white, and button mangroves. Located near Puerto Villamil, they are named after the white-tipped sharks that swim in their shallow turquoise reefs; and are a true marvel for snorkeling, taking pictures, watching the endemic species that inhabit them, or simply to enjoy as a ride.
From port, the 10 minute boat trip showcases colonies of sea lions, Galapagos turtles and iguanas; skates, sharks, penguins, sea cucumbers, urchins and a myriad members of the native flora and fauna whose peaceful interactions make you question exactly who’s really watching who.
In order to fully take advantage of the experience, we recommend taking sunblock, a bathing suit, and a good waterproof camera for underwater pictures while snorkeling. Don’t miss it.
The brilliant scenery panted in Los Túneles is, like the rest of Isabela, unique: a picture of highly contrasted color, lulled by rhythmic ocean breeze, in which natural labyrinths of lava and volcanic rock emerge, spiraling, from calm, crystaline waters full of life. Between their walls, protected in a wild, turquoise aquarium, joyful schools of fish and mantas, sea lions, penguins, sea tortoises, birds, and more varieties of endemic flora and fauna play, all ready and willing to be admired. And there, amongst them, you too will snorkel and dive.
About an hour from Puerto Villamil, sea and lava fused into one of the most spectacular experiences in Isabela. Take sun block, and prepare to be surprised. We’re not exaggerating.