Hotels: Volcano – Casita de la Playa / Iguana Crossing
Activities: Hiking, kayaking, biking, snorkeling, birdwatching, wildlife observation, community interaction, foodie experience.
As the largest island in the archipelago, Isabela is home to more wild tortoises than all the other islands combined, with a unique species living in every volcano area on the island. Its wildlife is beyond comparison.
A known spot for whale watching, you can spot humpbacks, orcas, sperms as well as giant rays and sea turtles.
It boasts incredibly long beaches and a serene, natural beauty that will captivate your senses.
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DAY 1: Bike though wetlands, pink lagoons and sandy beaches. Visit the breeding center and spy on the giant pink flamingos.
We start our biking adventure along a white sand beach that takes us to the “Wall of Tears”. During the 1950´s, Isabela was declared a penal colony and the inmates built this wall from lava rocks just to keep their sanity. We cross the wetlands and reach beautiful sandy beaches, pink lagoons and amazing photography spots.
In the afternoon, we take a walk through mangrove trails, to the Giant Tortoises Breeding Center and learn about how the Galapagos Park has invested years of research and dedicated patience to the recovery of these giant creatures, promoting their slow population growth.
Our day would not be complete without a walk around the salty lakes that are home to the beautiful giant pink flamingos. (B, L)
DAY 2: Kayak a chain of small islets called Tintoreras, its bay filled with rocky mangroves. Spot penguins and enjoy the incredible marine diversity Isabela has to offer, afternoon snorkeling.
Get ready for an incredible day of kayaking and snorkeling. We kayak through a maze of rocky mangrove areas at a place called Tintoreras, a group of small islets south of the town of Puerto Villamil. Here we spot one of the smallest penguin in the world, also endemic to Galapagos.
Concha y Perla is a favorite local spot for snorkeling and searching for rays, sea turtles and reef fish. This is where we´ll spend the rest of our day. (B, L)
DAY 3: Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano and spend your afternoon at a local hacienda.
Get ready for a 3 hour hike to the rim of one of the most spectacular calderas in the world, the Sierra Negra Volcano. It offers different ecological floors as we rise in altitude. We take off to enjoy a local “criollo” lunch at one of the best local farms in the highlands. We´ll spend our afternoon visiting the grounds and collecting different fruits and vegetables to sample later on. Agriculture practices, animal farming, coffee plantations, sugar cane products made by the owners await us along with tales and legends of the first settlers. (B, L)
OPTIONAL DAY/NIGHT EXTENSION:
DAY 4: Explore Los Tuneles, one of the most beautiful spots for snorkeling and marine life interaction in Isabela.
Get ready to explore “Los Tuneles” a set of volcanic underwater tunnels, considered one of the most amazing areas in the whole archipelago. Sharks, sea turtles, rays, fish, sea stars and sea horses live peacefully in this marine sanctuary.
We´ll also enjoy a short walk stopping at two snorkeling sites before our snack on board. We return to town to savor a local lunch.