Sierra Negra, Isabela

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See the aftermath of recent lava flows at Sierra Negra, where the caldera ranks as the largest volcano on the Galápagos Islands. Since its last eruption in 2005, the shield volcano has continued to release heat and gases, without any major events. Take a guided tour to the volcano to learn about the geological phenomena that created it. If you put your hands over a hole in the mountainside, you'll feel the geothermal heat radiating from beneath the surface. Wear boots for the journey, as you might have to trek through deep mud on the way up. Plan your Sierra Negra visit and explore what else you can see and do in Puerto Villamil using our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary tool .
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  • I loved this walk for me was one of the best I've done in the Galapagos. The walk is long, but when you come and have that visual, sailing super worth it! Recommend to anyone who likes to walk and have a little bit of preparation.
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  • It’s a great walk of about 4km each way to see the volcano. Generally starts in mist and cloud, then clears as you walk the side of the volcano. You can’t see it until you hit the clearings, but when ...  more »
  • The way to the volcano is very long. More hiking worth it when you see the view from up there. Go with a footwear to walk because the ground ranges from rocks to Earth (almost sand). Take lots of water for hot days because there are no shadows in the scene.
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As the largest town on the island and a jumping-off point for Galapagos explorations, Puerto Villamil offers plenty of places to stay. The main coastal road has the greatest concentration, including a nice selection of boutique hotels with swimming pools, spas, and excursion booking desks. Meanwhile, a pleasant set of simpler hotels and guesthouses still offers good views along the coast. Move a bit inland to find a scattering of hotels and bed and breakfasts, offering either resort-style luxuriousness or a budget-friendly simplicity.
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