Isabela Island is one of the most volcanically active places in the world. Hike up the Sierra Negra volcano, an active volcano with the second biggest crater of the world. If you are not into geology, do not worry, there are plenty of entertaining activities. Isabela Island is a great place to do snorkel, biking, trekking and bird watching.
Isabela Island is one of the youngest and biggest island, located on the northwest edge of the archipelago. Named after Queen Isabel of Spain who sponsored the travels of Cristobal Colon. It has an area of 4588 square kilometers, represents the 60% of its surface. It has an interesting seahorse shape when seen from above.
Approximately one million years ago the island was formed by the merge of 6 volcanos; Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Wolf and Sierra Negra. All of this volcanoes except Ecuador are still active, in fact; Sierra Negra’s last eruption was 2018. The island geology gives important examples of the geologic occurrence that help in the formation of the Galapagos Islands.
Its vegetation zones differs from other islands. The relatively new lava fields and soils have not developed enough nutrients to host all the forms of vegetation. Isabela is also home of more wild tortoise than whatever found in any other island. By visiting this island you have a good chance to see pink flamingos, Galapagos finches and pelicans. Go for a chance to swim with marine tortoise, penguins, sea lions and maybe even a seahorse.
Isabela Island has many attractions, its worth staying one or two nights there are many things to visit and see. The Tunnels tour is definitely a must do to see as many animals as possible and you like snorkeling. You can also do some snorkeling at Concha Perla, a quite, shallow bay, perfect see some. Having an afternoon walk or bike ride through the “Humedales” is also a recommended activity. This trails goes on to the “wall of tears”, constructed by the prisoners of the colony back between 1945 – 1959. Just a walk in the main road will do, right next to beach for some amazing views.