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Isabela Essential Journey

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Isabela's wildlife is beyond comparison. Discover and come close to the only species of penguin living north of the Equator in the wild, and visit the calm natural lava maze of  Los Tuneles.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Visit Tintoreras islet and an ex-prison colony surrounded by pristine beaches.

We take short boat ride from town to Tintoreras, where we´ll walk and snorkel. These calm waters are home to sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays and penguins. Tintoreras offers a high concentration of wildlife that will amaze you. After going around on the boat and walking on Tintoreras itself, we snorkel for a chance to marine life abundant in this bay.

We then set out on one of the most scenic walks in the Galapagos. Our destination is the Wall of Tears, a soaring wall of volcanic rock built by the prisoners once held in Isabela’s former penal colony, solely to keep them from madness. Our walk takes us along immaculate beaches and through brooding mangroves and brackish lagoons. As we pass through these varied ecosystems, we’ll spot giant tortoises, flamingos, and other birds. (L)

DAY 2: Enjoy a visit to Isabela´s highlands, learn about organic farming and enjoy amazing birdwatching

This morning we head up to the highlands and explore the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano. One of the youngest lava fields in the world, surrounded by Galapagos hawk and endemic plants, the effort is worth it. Then we visit a local ranch to have lunch and learn about the life of the first Isabela settlers. We’ll explore organic agriculture practices, gentle animal farming, coffee plantations, sugar cane production and some amazing vegetation and birdwatching. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the locals and share in their daily lives and traditions. (B, L)

DAY 3: Giant Tortoises Breeding Center, flamingos and a great snorkel

Our afternoon takes us on a short trail walk leading to the Giant Tortoise Center, completed in 1994 and home to the tortoise populations of southern Isabela. We’ll get a chance to see hatchlings as well as older tortoises.

Along the way to the Tortoise Center we pass through a manzanillo forest surrounded by wetlands, home to the famous giant pink flamingos a delightful and unexpected sight for Galapagos.

After a delicious lunch made with local and organic products, we head to one of the favorite local hangouts, Concha y Perla, for a fantastic swim and snorkel. (B, L)

DAY 4: Visit the incredible lava maze of calm, clear turquoise waters called Los Tuneles

A scenic boat ride takes us to Los Tuneles, a calm natural aquarium protected by lava-formed tunnels and rock. The water is so clear you can see marine life from the boat. You’ll swim along manta rays, reef sharks, penguins, sea turtles and a variety of tropical fish and octopus. This is a snorkeling paradise and a marine bird sanctuary. (B, L)

Quick Facts

Destination
Galapagos Islands: Isabela

Dates & Prices
4 Days from $1486

Category
Essential

Expedition Type
Wildlife

 

Expedition Level
Easy hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking

Accommodations
Comfort Hotels: Casa Opuntia, Casita de la Playa, Isla Sol

Select Hotels:
Iguana Crossing, Angermeyer, Golden Bay, Casa Baronesa

Flights
Arrive to San Cristobal (SCY) Depart from Baltra (GPS) Book: Avianca, LATAM or TAME from Quito or Guayaquil We can arrange your flights from $565 – or do your own

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