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Isabela Island, Galapagos


The largest island in the Galapagos, Isabela was formed by five volcanoes whose lava flowed into one another to form one giant landmass. About 80 miles from north to south, most of Isabela is covered by barren landscapes made up of volcanic rock. There is vegetation in the northern areas, however, including a giant Galapagos tortoise breeding ground. Isabela’s volcanos are also the highest in the Galapagos, with Volcan Wolf reaching 5,400 feet.

Puerto Villamil – The largest town on Isabela Island, Puerto Villamil is home to many native Galapaguenos including fisherman and farmers from the surrounding hillsides. The town itself is surrounded by lagoons and white sand beaches.

Urbina Bay – Located on the west coast of Isabela Island, at the foot of Volcan Alcedo, Urbina Bay was formed by a unique volcanic uplifting in 1954. The submerged lava layers rose up out of the water, making for interesting elevations and expanded shorelines. Today, giant tortoises and land iguanas walk along the beach and tropical fish swim in and out of the coral reef.

Punta Moreno – A hidden cove tucked past a maze of mangroves, Punta Moreno is an excellent place to see moorhens, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and pelicans. Flamingos are also common, and lava cactus accentuate the volcanic landscape. Punta Moreno is located on the western shoreline of Isabela Island,

Tagus Cove – Located on the upper peninsula of Isabela Island, on the the western shoreline, Tagus Cove faces out across the water to Fernandina Island. Penguins and flightless cormorants live in the cove and a short hike up to a viewpoint allows panoramic views of Volcan Darwin.

Elizabeth Bay – Elizabeth Bay is known for the many volcanic rock islets that dot the cove, and the mangrove swamps just off the mainland of Isabela Island. Above water, you’ll find blue-footed boobies and penguins. Underwater, baby sharks, spotted eagle rays, and golden rays take refuge in the protected cove.

Vicente Roca Point – Made up of two different coves on the northwestern tip of Isabela Island, Vicente Roca Point is a fantastic place to see seahorses, sea tortoises, and mola-mola sunfish. The volcanic rocks that protrude from the water also host blue-footed boobies, terns, and penguins.

My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19