The largest of the Galapagos Islands, Isabela is one of the most volcanically active places in the world. Whether this is thrilling or terrifying is up to you. It doesn’t seem to bother the iguanas and penguins of Las Tintoreras, a nearby island cluster and popular snorkeling site. Walk from Puerto Villamil through mangrove forests and saltwater lagoons to reach the Tortoise Breeding Center. Isabela was once used as an exile for prisoners, who built the devastating Wall of Tears as part of their punishment.
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5 based on 1 reviews
You can't go to Isabela Island, or even the Galapagos, without doing this tour - we went with Pahoehoe company who were good. The snorkelling is fantastic, we swam with turtles, sharks and stingrays, and even got to see the famous seahorses. The guide took a go pro to film us underwater and we got the footage for free if you have a USB or memory card. The walking tour of Los tuneles was also cooler than I expected and we got to see the blue footed boobies up close!
4.5 based on 723 reviews
Came here in October 2017 and first walked the lava formations and had to ensure that I did not step on any marine iguanas because they were all over sunning themselves. This was probably one of my top spots to see the iguanas because you are so close to them because they are just all over. Then you go see the slit of water between the high rock formations and see a large number of white tip reef sharks. Then we snorkeled and saw many turtles, starfish, sea urchins and fish. This was also likely one of my top spots to see turtles since there are so many. It was actually hard for myself and my friends to ensure that we didn't touch any while we were swimming.
4.5 based on 339 reviews
Our group really enjoyed our day hiking Sierra Negra and the Chico Volcano. Make sure that you take weather appropriate clothing (windbreaker), plenty of water, sun screen, a great attitude, and mostly bring your camera!
The trip takes about 6-7 hours depending upon you speed so get an early start and you will still be able to enjoy other things for the rest of your day.
It is a hike. Up a volcano. The activity level is fair with no steep inclines and some loose footing and 16km/10 miles long. Can you (and your kids) hike/walk that far?
4.5 based on 750 reviews
The boardwalk to the concha y perla snorkeling site is enveloped with gnarled trees and occasionally you run into a sea lion relaxing obliviously on the walk way. The snorkeling itself was uneventful; I didn't see anything, but it was a relaxing swim around the area. Not sure why it is so highly rated.
4.5 based on 411 reviews
We visited the tortoise centre on a Wednesday morning just before feeding time. All of the tortoises were hungry and alert, rusihing--as much as they could rush--toward us when we moved from pen to pen. Our guide was so knowledgeable and it was a great opportunity to learn about the different families, the species recovery plan and most of all the role of the Volcanos in the tortoise population.
4 based on 564 reviews
The Wall of Tears is a 10km round-trip hike from town, but it's worth going because you can see giant tortoises en route. On our trip, we met 12 tortoises along the road, along with other wildlife and fauna to look at. The wall itself is not as large as you might imagine, but no one in their right mind would want to carry the lava bricks that make it up, You can go to a viewing platform beside the top of the wall to take photos, but you cannot walk on the wall itself.
4.5 based on 56 reviews
This made for a relaxing if uneventful walk after the tortoise breeding center. The boardwalk trail leads you through three bodies of water where you will inevitably see flamingoes and some other birds. I did not have a guide so I wasn't sure what birds I was seeing.
5 based on 9 reviews
We went to Turtle Island on a snorkeling trip. We saw countless birds and many sea lions from the boat. This is a trip where you are not allow on land. It was pleasant to cruise slowly down the shoreline bird spotting. We went snorkeling and saw Hammerhead Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays and Golden Rays. The water was cold enough for the wetsuits and had currents strong. The water was for strong swimmers only and not for children. We loved it and had an amazing time.
4.5 based on 39 reviews
A beautiful and unspoiled Island with very friendly people. There are many hostel and restaurants to choose from. Wildlife is in abundance and are friendly which provides lots of opportunities for pictures. There are many activities including snorkeling, diving and short hikes and walks which provide ample opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna. A must do if you visit the Galapagos!
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