You are met at the Baltra airport and brought to the speedboat which will transfer you for approximately 3 and half hours to Isabela, arriving at the hotel for a short rest. We will then visit the Flamingo Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon in Galapagos and a principal breeding ground for the Flamingos. Please note: If you are arriving by flight on Day 1 of the tour, the latest arrival flight time into Baltra is 10:00am Isabela is the largest island on the archipelago at around 4590 sq km. Lined with a chain of active volcanos with the highest peak (Wolf Volcano) standing at 1700m. Not many tourists visit this Island, even though it has the largest colony of Galapagos tortoises and the beach is beautifully set with coconut palms and a good selection of small seafood restaurants. In Isabela there are no banks so bring enough cash to last for the duration of your stay.
Early in the morning, we will begin our tour to the Sierra Negra Volcano, located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil. Boasting the world’s second largest volcanic crater measuring 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep, we will hike up to the top of this magnificent site to visit La Bocanilla and Volcán Chico. In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel before having the option to snorkel in Concha Perla.
Today we will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and “The Wall of Tears”; from 1946 to 1959 Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government for prisoners who were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas”. In the afternoon we will sail to “Islote Tintoreras,” a large crevice with very clear, calm water in which white-tip sharks (“tintoreras”) rest daily on the bottom. We can also see penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and snorkel with sharks and colourful tropical fishes while enjoying the beaches of Isabela.
Transfer back to Santa Cruz by boat, and transfer to the Baltra Airport. Please do not book an outward bound flight out of Baltra departing earlier than 10:30am on the last day of your tour, to allow for enough time for your journey from Santa Cruz back to Baltra Airport.