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Isabela is a very beautiful island and the largest of the Galapagos archipelago. It is known as the island of volcanoes. Its characteristics have attracted the attention of local scholars and foreign geologists who have interest in the five active volcanoes and more than 2500 cones scattered throughout the island.

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Isabela is a very beautiful island and the largest of the Galapagos archipelago. It is known as the island of volcanoes. Its characteristics have attracted the attention of local scholars and foreign geologists who have interest in the five active volcanoes and more than 2500 cones scattered throughout the island.

In the interior of the island there are six large volcanic craters: Ecuador, Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Sierra Negra crater is 10 kilometers in diameter, the second largest in the world.

Isabela has spectacular visitor sites, among which we can name:

Tagus Cove: is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers left their names painted on rocks boats. An uphill hike takes you around the crater-lake Darwin, salt water and a spectacular view. An excursion boat (panga) along the shoreline lets you see penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Light foot crabs.

Urbina Bay: It is located on the central west coast of Isabela at the foot of the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. They are large and colorful land iguanas and there are good possibilities to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat (all year, the amount varies according to seasonal conditions). On the rocks by the sea flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, penguins and marine iguanas are observed.

Punta Moreno is located southwest of Isabela. It has a spectacular view of the Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. A bleak landscape is seen with impressive lava flows from eruptions years ago, with arid-zone vegetation and pioneer plants. The main attraction is a series of brackish lagoons with birds such as frigates, flamingos, pelicans and other sea birds that are released to the lagoons to clean their feathers salt. You can also observe the rare and timid gallinuelas.

Punta Vicente Roca: spectacular scenery teaches us the magic of the Galapagos west volcanoes. We are now looking at the youngest volcanic area of ​​the archipelago, which includes Ecuador Volcanoes. Here, its collapsed caldera is part of a large sinking into the sea, where half of the volcano is entirely submerged. The anchor site is surrounded by a tuff cone that is part of Ecuador Volcano. The intrusion of lava, silos and dikes, reveal the recent volcanic activity in this place. Our adventure includes coastal exploration, and there is no landing site. Our Naturalists will focus on explaining the dramatic geology of the area. Animal life abounds here, and gives us pleasant surprises: a few hours ago we crossed the equator, and this tropical landscape gives us the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, sea lions, sea birds, turtles, and more. Where does all this life? The answer is the Cromwell Current. This deep undercurrent collides with the volcanic platform west and suddenly rises to the surface. The water that emerges is warm, nutrient-rich, and attracts pelicans, blue-footed boobies, terns, puffins, and the only tropical penguin world, the Galapagos penguin. Depending on sea conditions (current and visibility) will include a snorkeling excursion (snorkeling).