Day 72 - Galapagos (Ecuador)

Trip Start Dec 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 30, 2013

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Flag of Ecuador  , Pichincha,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Being one of the most western islands, Isabella is in its infancy in terms of geology and wildlife and has 5 active volcanoes. Unfortunately it has not stopped raining since we arrived last night, but we still managed to spend the whole day out and about.

First we headed to see the brightly coloured flamingos, before driving up towards Volcan Sierra Negra. Here we hiked for 18km in torrential rain to see one of the largest craters of an active volcano in the world (10km wide), and up to the peak of Volcan Chico. The rock formations and lava fields were very impressive. Unfortunately the weather meant the view was limited, and also caused a few challenges for the slippery walk back.

We returned back to Puerto Vilamil after lunch and a quick turnaround before taking a short water taxi over to Isla Tintoreras. Here the lava fissures provide ideal shallow and warm waters for nursing sharks and turtles. Snorkelling was brief but impressive with giant turtles, rays and sharks.
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