ISABELA ISLAND

Known also as Albemarle. This island was named in honor of Queen Isabel who sponsored the voyage of Columbus. Shaped like a sea horse and with an area of 4.588 km2, it is the largest island of the Galapagos and is located on the western edge of the archipielago near the Galapagos hot spot. At approximately 1 million years old, the island was formed by the merger of 6 shield volcanoes - Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf. Five of the six volcanoes are still active making it one of the most active volcanic places on earth.

Puerto Villamil, is located at the south-eastern tip of the island. With is exotic beauty of flora and fauna all around the urban area and its long white sand beaches, Villamil is often considered the most beautiful site in the Galapagos.

Las Tintoreras . The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, In this crevice, you can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions. it also has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles, colorful reef fish, rays, sea lions and the harmless tintoreras (reef sharks) You’ll also have the chance to see a colony of marine iguanas, pelicans, blue footed boobies and the endemic Galapagos penguin, which is the only one that nests entirely in the tropics!!

Volcán Chico is located northeast of Sierra Negra volcano, it is a fissure of some parasitic cones, composed of slag and lava. In the northeast side of the caldera of Sierra Negra volcano, on 22 October 2005 an eruption occurred that lasted one week. The lava flow covered much of the interior of the caldera and in some places rose more than two meter.

Behind Villamil are several brackish water lagoons, known as The Wetlands where pink flamingos, common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, gallinules and coastal birds are common. Are also part of the wetlands the visit sites Cerro Orchilla, Tunel del Estero, Love Beach.