Isla Isabela (Albemarle) attractions

Top Choice Volcano in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Volcán Alcedo

The summit of this volcano (1097m) is famous for its 7km-wide caldera and steaming fumaroles. Hundreds of giant tortoises can be seen here, especially from June to December, and juvenile hawks soar on thermal updraf…
Lake in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Darwin Lake

A dry landing deposits you at the beginning of a 2km-long trail that brings you past this postcard-perfect saltwater lagoon. It has twice the salinity of the ocean, and is a tuff cone, like a chimney from the main v…
Volcano in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Volcán Wolf

Not only is Isla Isabela the largest Galápagos island, but its imposing skyline of grumbling volcanoes makes it the most striking. Volcán Wolf, at the northern tip of the island, is the highest point in the Galápago…
Volcano in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Volcán Sierra Negra

Northwest of the tiny settlement of Tomás de Berlanga lies the massive Volcán Sierra Negra (1490m), which last erupted in late 2005. An 8km trail leads around the east side of the volcano. It’s possible to walk all …
Wildlife Reserve in Puerto Villamil

Pozo Villamil

Behind and to the west of the village is this lagoon, known for its marine iguanas and migrant birds, especially waders – more than 20 species have been reported here. A trail a little over 1km long begins just pas…
Historic Site in Puerto Villamil

Muro de las Lágrimas

Some 7km west of Puerto Villamil is the Muro de las Lágrimas (Wall of Tears), a 100m-long wall of lava rocks built by convicts under harsh and abusive conditions. The penal colony closed in 1959, but the wall stands…
Historic Site in Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

Tagus Cove

Just south of Punta Tortuga is this cove where early sailors frequently anchored and scratched the names of their vessels into the cliffs. It’s a strange sight to behold graffiti, the oldest from 1836, in an otherwi…
Church in Puerto Villamil

Iglesia Cristo Salvador

Looming above the central square, this church boasts uniquely Galápagos iconography. Note the stained-glass windows of native wildlife (marine iguana, booby, penguin, flamingo), while the mural beside the altar show…
Lagoon in Puerto Villamil

Pozo Salinas

Around the corner from the main square, this small lagoon has a boardwalk along the edge, which makes a fine viewing spot for taking in the pink flamingos and stilts that sometimes feed here.