Visiting an entire day in Isabela is one of the most amazing experiences that anyone can live. With the following explanation you will understand why:

First I will explain a little about this wonderful island (the largest in the archipelago, it represents 60% of the total land area of ​​the Galapagos Islands): It has a population of 3,000 inhabitants, its highest point is the impressive volcano Wolf that reaches 1,707 meters above sea level, being one of the 6 volcanoes (Ecuador, Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul) found on this island of which 5 are active.

The shape of the island is due to the fusion of these 6 large volcanoes into a single mass. This island is the only one crossed by the line of Ecuador.

This full-day tour to Isabela is one of the most complete and varied due to the great diversity of species that can be seen both on land (hikes) and in the ocean (snorkeling). The port is definitely charming with sandy streets and a large beach where in addition to enjoying it you can also observe some marine and reptile species.

In the 50s, the Ecuadorian Government placed a prisoner colony on this island, which remained only for a few years due to the exaggerated mistreatment towards them, which ended in a rebellion, which forced the state to completely eliminate the system. There are vestiges called “The Wall of Tears” that are still preserved.

And now that you know a little more about this island, we explain below the wonderful experience that awaits you:

How do we transport from one island to another?

There are boats or fibers as they call them in Galapagos that transport visitors from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island and one of the coolest and most comfortable is the “Splendor” and the owner is Jorge Sotomayor a galapagueño expert in this activity and owner of Galatravel travel agency;)

Detail of the trip to Isabela

It should be booked if possible a few days in advance.

Very early in the morning after having a delicious breakfast, a guide usually picks you up from your hotel.

At 7:30 the yacht leaves to Isabela and this trip lasts approximately two hours where if you are fortunate you will start to see the wonder of marine life. If you are lucky, you can cross with playful dolphins. I would recommend taking some dizziness pills if you are a little susceptible to this type of travel. Normally you can find yourself in a state of so much emotion and excitement that suddenly you forget dizziness.

Upon arrival at Puerto Villamil in Isabela, you must pay an income tax ($ 10.00), and then we take a bus that will take us to a lovely area to explore called “Wetlands” where you can see lagoons surrounded by mangroves where you’ll find flamingos, black-necked stilts, cormorants, gallinules, etc.

After this amazing experience, we will visit the “Endemic Garden” where there is a Land Turtle Breeding Center.

At this time we are already amazed at this visit and continue to relax a little on the beach of Puerto Villamil where we will have lunch.

At about one in the afternoon, we go to the dock where we will board a boat that takes us to the small island called “Tintoreras” for a large number of sharks of this species that inhabit its canals. We will take a walk to observe them from the ground, in addition to other species of animals such as sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and a beautiful landscape of volcanic lava.

And this is where the best begins with a surface dive considered one of the best worldwide because of the quantity and variety of marine species, called the Galapagos natural aquarium. Where you can swim with turtles, penguins, stingrays and a variety of fish.

This one-day visit to Isabela turns out to be one of the most interesting because of the variety of marine, terrestrial life, and landscapes that you will never find anywhere else. It is really as if you were on another planet.

And so this fabulous and surprising experience end.

Return to Puerto Ayora:

At about 3pm, we return in our boat the Splendor to Santa Cruz Island

María Augusta Salazar Campos

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