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Isabela Island, tips before you travel to this Galapagos Island

User: Latin Trails
Date: April 11, 2017

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Among the different islands of Galapagos, we can find Isabela Island, the largest of them. With an area of 1803 mi2 and a human population of more than 1800 people, Isabela is one of the favorite destinations for ecotourists. It has an abundant biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes of coasts and volcanoes. 5 of the 6 volcanoes of the island are still active, as it is one of the youngest islands, geologically speaking. Discover Isabela Island!

What to see & do

The Flamingo Lagoon, at the south of the island, is a beautiful spot to see. Either a cruise stop at Isabela or a hotel stay at Puerto Villamil will allow you to hike to this lagoon. Usually you will be accompanied with these pink visitors that can be seen in this photo taken during one of  our visits.

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Puerto Villamil has an immense beach of fine white sand, on which you can see large numbers of migratory birds. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore.

Another attraction in this island of Galapagos is the Tagus Cove, a fascinating cove sheltered by the shoulders of two volcanic craters. Birdwatchers will enjoy the presence of flightless cormorants and Galapagos hawks in the zone. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, a tradition is still observed that has continued since that time: the inscription of the names of boats. Visitors will find inscriptions dating to the 1800s.

Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world, with fantastic sights to the immense crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field. From there you can hike to Chico Volcano, to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that created the Galapagos Islands.

Located in the north-western coast of the island, another great place to visit is Vicente Roca Point. It is of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliffs and a great biodiversity of penguins, blue-footed boobies, sea lions… it is a paradise for naturalists and for snorkelers.

 

Conservation challenges

One of the most vulnerable species of this island is the penguin, and also the flightless cormorant. For this reason, there is a special conservation project to protect both of them. Other endangered species are the mangrove finches and the tortoises. Ecotourism is very important for Galapagos, as it helps to protect the island growing the economy with friendly visitors.

 

Itineraries

If you want to see Isabela Island on board of our exclusive yachts, these are our itineraries that include a visit to this marvelous island.

On board of the Galapagos Sea Star Journey:

  • The Itinerary C includes visits to different spots of the island: Puerto Villamil, Sierra Negra Volcano, Punta Moreno and Elizabeth Bay.

The boutique yacht Galapagos Seaman Journey has also some itineraries that include visits to Isabela Island.

  • Itinerary C and D include visits to Urbina Bay, Vicente Roca Point and to Tagus Cove.
  • Itinerary D of the Seaman includes visits to Urbina Bay, Punta Moreno, Tagus Cove and Vicente Roca Point.
  • Visitors in the Itinerary E go to Punta Moreno, Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove and Vicente Roca Point.
  • Itinerary F is another option to see Isabela Island, as it includes parades to Punta Moreno, Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove and Vicente Roca Point.

 

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