Sierra Negra, Isabela

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#3 of 17 in Nature in Galapagos Islands
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. Put Sierra Negra on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Puerto Villamil trip generator.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The path of the volcanic area is very nice, but in our date (August 2017) we had rain, which hampered a bit to go see in more detail the landscape and stops. I expected a volcano, and its crater, but apparently this is only a "volcanic area" without a volcano in particular visit.
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  • August 7, 2017
    The experience of walking through this volcanic area is very impressive. Nature is ppresente in every meter. The landscape is almost alien, in the first section there is vegetation and path, but then becomes stone and some cacti. You should go with a tour that takes you on a vehicle until the beginning of the path and then is an intense hike 15 km.
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  • August 3, 2017
    This is a nice trip where you will get to see some great views of the island and also get to walk in moon-like areas around the volcano.  more »

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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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