Today’s hiking adventure will take you up two of the powerful volcanoes that created Isabela Island - Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico. Keep an eye out for Vermillion flycatchers and rare short-eared owls as you trek through expansive volcanic terrain to the caldera of Sierra Negra, continuing through a lunar-like landscape featuring pahoehoe lava flows and steaming vents to Volcan Chico. From here there are panoramic views stretching all the way to Isabela’s northern shore.
In the afternoon, we’ll return to Puerto Villamil where you can go kayaking to spot Galapagos penguins and frigatebirds along the rocky shores, as well as sea lions, rays and turtles swimming below. Alternatively, rent a bicycle and pedal to the Wall of Tears, which was painstakingly built by the island’s former penal colony. End the day with a sunset swim, followed by dinner at a restaurant of your choice in town.
Day 4 - Giant Tortoise Breeding Center + San Cristóbal
Begin the day with a stroll along a mangrove-lined lagoon to spot pink flamingos feeding in the shallow waters and marine iguanas basking in the sun. Then continue on to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the conservation work being conducted to revive the archipelago’s tortoise population and return individuals to the wild.
It’s then time to board your short flight to San Cristóbal, the archipelago’s easternmost and oldest island, where we’ll have lunch before setting out for La Loberia. It’s named after the playful colony of sea lions that frequent the area, with the opportunity to jump in the water and swim alongside these boisterous creatures. Then return to town for dinner and time to explore at your leisure.
Day 5 - Kicker Rock
Venture into the underwater world of the Galapagos Islands on an excursion to Kicker Rock or Leon Dormido, which is named after its resemblance to a sleeping lion. Go snorkeling to witness the incredible marine life that congregates within its narrow channel, including spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and a vast array of tropical fish. If you want to stay dry, above the water you can also spot blue-footed boobies and frigate birds nesting on the rocky ledges.
We’ll then cruise to a white sandy beach for lunch and time to relax before heading back to town in the late afternoon. Enjoy a sunset cocktail as we gather for a delicious farewell dinner for the final night of your Galapagos Islands vacation.
6 - Return to Mainland Ecuador
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have a final morning in the Galapagos to spend as you wish. Go shopping for souvenirs, visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the archipelago’s natural and human history or embark on a short hike to Tijeretas for incredible views towards Kicker Rock.
It’s then time to transfer to the airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.