Sierra Negra – Isabela Island
Overview || Day 1 – North Seymour || Day 2 Isabla Island – Punta Flores and Fernandina – Punta Espinosa || Day 3 Isabela Island – Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove || Day 4 – Rabida Island and Santa Cruz – Cerro Dragon || Day 5 Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora || Day 6 Floreana – Post office Bay and Punta Cormorant || Day 7 – Santa Fe and South Plaza || Santa Cruz Day Trips
One day we went on a hike to Sierra Negra, the most recently active shield volcano that erupted in 2005 for 10 days and created a crater 7.2kmX10km wide. It rises to 1124m. You can see the crater and nearby volcanoes with a guided tour. You cannot hike in this area without a guide. I found the guides to be quite useful and informative so it’s worth having them with you.
Breakfast at Casa De Marita
We booked a tour to Sierra Negra with Tropical Adventures in Villamil. This is a 5 hour hike, 16km ( out and back, ~400m elevation change ) The first 6km is an easy hike to Sierra Negra, the last two is more technical over lava to Volcan Chico. This was our ride up
The trail head. A policeman was there when we got back making sure anyone who was hiking in the area had a guide.
The first 6km are on a wide not so steep trail
The first view of the crater. We are lucky it was a clear day! Apparently its usually covered in clouds.
We continued our hike to Volcan Chico and a view of Fernandina Island.
Then we went back to Casa De Marita where I hung out on the deck and Lee went snorkling at Concha de Perla
He saw this sea tortoise AND a manta ray and penguins but his camera died!
Terrible Google earth image of our hike