Isabela Island
 

 
 
Isabela is the largest of the islands in the archipelago. It is also one of four that has humans inhabiting it, in two locations at Puerto Villamil and Santo Tomas. It is formed by five active volcanoes, Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo, Santa Tomas and Cerro Azul. There are ten tourist sites on the island.
 
     
     Tagus Cove  
   
 
This cove is located to the west of the island and it is usual to take a panga trip below the high cliffs. Here there is an opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions.
After a dry landing, it is possible to climb up the trail to oversee Darwin's Lake. This is below the slopes of Darwin Volcano and is, surprisingly, a salt water lake above sea level. The viewpoint at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Graffiti dating back to 1800's is written on the rocky cliff, believed to be done by buccaneers. Think you can find Sir Francis Drake’s?
 
     
 
 
      Point Moreno  
     
 
After a dry landing it is possible to take a medium-length walk in search of giant tortoises and land iguanas orange-yellow in color with large spines along their backs as well as Flamingos and Oystercatchers. Great possibilities for swimming and snorkelling.
 
     
 
 
      Urbina Bay  
     
 
South from Tagus Cove and still on the West coast is Urvina Bay. The waters of the bay are a good place to see turtles and rays and ashore is a short trail leading to a coral reef, which is evidence of an uplift from the sea which occurred in 1954. Marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and pelicans can be seen at this site.
 
     
 
 
      Elizabeth Bay  
     
 
Further south still is Elizabeth Bay. It is not possible to land here so a panga trip is the only possibility. At the entrance to the bay are the Mariela Islands which offer an excellent opportunity to see penguins. The end of the bay is notable for three species of mangroves, and rays and turtles can be found in the waters.
The snorkeling here is very good. The abundance of small fish is striking, you can also spot tuna and sea turtles. The last time I swam here, I was lucky enough to spot a whale shark.
 
     
 
 
      Santo Tomas Volcano  
     
 
It is possible to climb to the top of this volcano. Landing at Puerto Villamil at the south of the island it is necessary to take an 18 km ride to the smaller settlement of Santo Tomas on the slopes of the volcano. Vermillion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, finches and short-eared owls are likely to be seen on this trail.
 
     
 
 
      Alcedo Volcano  
     
 
It is possible to climb to the top of this volcano. Landing at Puerto Villamil at the south of the island it is necessary to take an 18 km ride to the smaller settlement of Santo Tomas on the slopes of the volcano. Vermillion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, finches and short-eared owls are likely to be seen on this trail.
 
     
 
 
      Puerto Villamil  
     
 
It is possible to climb to the top of this volcano. Landing at Puerto Villamil at the south of the island it is necessary to take an 18 km ride to the smaller settlement of Santo Tomas on the slopes of the volcano. Vermillion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, finches and short-eared owls are likely to be seen on this trail.
 
     
 
 
      Sports  
     
 
It is possible to climb to the top of this volcano. Landing at Puerto Villamil at the south of the island it is necessary to take an 18 km ride to the smaller settlement of Santo Tomas on the slopes of the volcano. Vermillion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, finches and short-eared owls are likely to be seen on this trail.
 
     
 
 
      Giant tortoises  
     
 
It is possible to climb to the top of this volcano. Landing at Puerto Villamil at the south of the island it is necessary to take an 18 km ride to the smaller settlement of Santo Tomas on the slopes of the volcano. Vermillion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, finches and short-eared owls are likely to be seen on this trail.
 
     
 
 
      History  
     
 
It is possible to climb to the top of this volcano. Landing at Puerto Villamil at the south of the island it is necessary to take an 18 km ride to the smaller settlement of Santo Tomas on the slopes of the volcano. Vermillion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, finches and short-eared owls are likely to be seen on this trail.