Isla isabela mapa: Isabela island Galapagos — A complete guide for visitors

Isabela island Galapagos — A complete guide for visitors

Isabela Island Galapagos

Isabela island is the largest land mass at Galapagos, and one of the most popular islands to visit. The combination of diverse wildlife and spectacular volcanic landscapes is hard to beat. There’s top snorkeling, treking and dive action to enjoy. Isabela’s sleepy town and gorgeous beach are top spots to hang out. Isabela island also offers flexibilty for visitors – visit on a cruise, land tour or simply by yourself. We highly recommend to make time for Isabela island in your Galapagos itinerary.

Read on for everything you need to know to plan your visit to Isabela Island. What wildlife can you find? Which activities and visitor sites await? Also learn about the interesting geology & history of this island.

Isabela Wildlife Highlights

• More Galapagos Penguins live here than anywhere else, making Isabela island the best spot on the archipelago to see them.

• Five different species of Giant Tortoise call Isabela home. Visitors can learn all about them at the Arnaldo Tupiza tortoise breeding center.

• Isabela is one of just two Galapagos islands where Flightless Cormorants nest. Through complex evolution these fascinating birds have incredibly lost the ability to fly.

• Isabela is a great place to spot Marine iguanas, with large colonies at various different visitor sites.

• Snorkel with whitetip reef sharks and Sea horses at Los Tuneles.

• Isabela is home to a huge diversity of Galapagos land birds. Avid birder should look out Galapagos finches (including the critically endangered Mangrove Finch), Flamingos, Galapagos doves, pintail ducks, lots of waders & shore birds, Galapagos hawks and much more.

• Colonies of both Galapagos Fur seals and Sea lions can be found on Isabela’s west coast. See if you can tell them apart.

• Isabela island also has most of the usual sea bird suspects: Blue footed boobies, Frigate birds, Pelicans, Storm petrels, Redbilled Tropicbirds, Shearwaters, Herons and more besides.

• There is also one very unusual Isabela resident – the pink iguana. This is the only place on the planet where they live, on the pristine slopes of Wolf Volcano.

About Isabela Island

English Name: Albermarle.

Ecuadorian Name: Isabela.

Total Area: 1771 sq miles.

Population: Aprox 2,200

Take a look at a Galapagos Islands map and Isabela island is the large landmass to the west, shaped like a sea horse.

The small town of Puerto Villamil is located on the south east coast, and is a lovely spot to spend a few free days given the opportunity. The locals here are friendly, the vibe laid back, and there are heaps of activities to keep visitors happy.

Isabela’s west coast visitor sites can only be reached aboard a cruise yacht, and are highly rewarding for pristine nature. The Bolivar Channel is the top spot for Galapagos whale watching, especially from June onwards.

Isabela Geology

Isabela Island is the youngest and largest island in the archipelago. Located in the western waters of the Galapagos, Isabela measures 120km in length, with an area of 1771 square miles, and is bigger than all of the other islands combined.

The island was formed by the merging of six individual shield volcanoes – Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra, and Wolf volcanoes. Each volcano emerged independently from beneath the ocean. After repeated eruptions their lava flows merged to form the island we find today.

Isabela island is very close to the Galapagos hotspot, meaning that all of these volcanoes are still active. In fact Isabela is one of the most volcanically active areas on the planet!

Isabela Habitat

Isabela island spans a huge spectrum of natural Galapagos habitats.

Extensive volcanic lava fields are largely void of vegetation. Perhaps a few pioneer plants like lava cacti are fighting to establish a home here, but larger plants are unable to colonise this barren landscape without soil. Due to the volcanic nature of Isabela island, the habitats are in a state of constant flux. Just one new eruption can change everything.

The highlands to the south around Sierra Negra volcano are covered by lush Scalesia forests and dense bush and scrub – the perfect habitat for the Galapagos giant tortoise. Some of this habitat has been converted to organic farmland to feed the local population. The peaks of Cerro Azul and Wolf volcanoes are more arid with small shrubs.

Lower down on the southern coast the Isabela habitat turns to coral beach, mangroves, cactus forest, arid scrub and wetlands.

The Bolivar Channel to the west coast of Isabela has colder water than other areas of the archipelago. The rich nutrients here caused by the upwelling of the Cromwell current attract various species of whale and dolphin.

Human history of Isabela Island

Isabela Galapagos is not just about wildlife and volcanos, there’s also a story of human history to be told. Let’s start with the origin of the island names. Back in 1684 Ambrose Cowley mapped the Galapagos archipelago, and named the largest island Albermarle, after the 1st English Duke of Albermarle. The duke at that time was George Monck, who had been an important soldier and politician during the English Civil War and restoration of the English monarchy. Ecuador later changed the title to Isabela, in honor of Queen Isabella I of Castile, the first queen to reign over the united kingdom of Spain.

The first visitors to Isabela island were pirates and whalers. They would use the Galapagos islands to restock food and water, or hideaway from chasing Spanish ships. Tagus Cove Isabela was a popular landing site for them to round up giant tortoises for meat supplies.

In 1897 Isabela’s first settlement was established by Ecuadorian Antonio Gil. Puerto Villamil town was set-up on the coast as a lime house, where coral was collected and burned. The small settlement of Santa Tomas was also formed up in the highlands, where sulphur was mined, coffee planted, and livestock allowed to roam free. Gil also hunted giant tortoises for oil used to power Ecuadorian street lamps. By all accounts Gil’s settlement was successful. Isabela’s galapagos population slowly increased from 200 people in the early 1900’s up to a little over 2000 today. Many of the graves of these intrepid early settlers can be seen in small Puerto Villamil cemetary.

In 1946 a penal colony was also established on Isabela. 300 mainland convicts were shipped out, and suffered forced labor under the hot equatorial sun. Tourists can witness the fruits of their toil at the Wall of Tears – a wall constructed out of black lava rocks.

The 21st century has seen Isabela develop more modern infrastructure to attract international tourists, such as the small Puerto Villamil airport to receive intra-island flights. Today most of the 2,200 Isabela residents make a living from tourism, fishing and farming.

Isabela Island Tortoises

Isabela is home to more wild giant tortoises than all the other Galapagos islands combined. Not only that, but here you’ll also find more giant tortoise subspecies than anywhere else! So tortoise lovers, Isabela island is the place to come to learn more about these iconic gentle giants.

Most of the 15 Galapagos tortoise species are differentiated between different islands. For example seperate species are native to Española, Fernandina, Floreana, Pinta, Pinzon, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and Santiago islands. This is logical as explained by Darwin’s theory of evolution – different species have evolved based on the different habitats and food sources found on each island.

So, why does Isabela island have five unique giant tortoise species? The story behind Isabela’s distinct tortoise populations is interesting. Remember that Isabela island was formed by the merging of six shield volcanoes. So Isabela’s topography has 6 tall volcanic peaks separated by vast lava fields. Solid lava tends to be spikey and sharp – an inpenetrable obstacle for the agility of your average tortoise. So the Isabela tortoises on each volcano became isolated from the other Isabela populations, unable to cross the lava fields that divide them. Evolution wise this had the same effect as populations seperated by the sea on different islands. Each Isabela volcano population adapted differently to their distinct habitat, hence different species evolved.

So Isabela is home to five species of Galapagos tortoise: Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo, Cerro Azul and Sierra Negra populations. Four of these volcanoes are off limits to tourists so the easiest way to see an Isabela tortoise is to visit the highland ranch on the slopes of Sierra Negra volcano. We also recommend a visit to the Arnoldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where giant tortoises from the southern populations are bred in captivity to protect these endangered species.

Where is Isabela Galapagos?

How to get to Isabela island Galapagos? Puerto Villamil and the visitor sites on Isabela’s south coast can easily be included into a Galapagos Land Tour itinerary. The west coast is too far away for day trips so you’ll need to take a Galapagos cruise to get there. Yachts that do include west Isabela usually also visit Fernandina, which is a hugely rewarding and recommended Galapagos itinerary.

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Puerto Villamil Isabela

Puerto Villamil is a sleepy port town where travelers find refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Located behind a stunning beach, the small, peaceful town has an assortment of bars, restaurants, and shops. It is the launching site for day tours around the island to amazing snorkeling sites, islets where penguins play and white-tipped sharks rest, and excursions to neighboring islands.

Services in Puerto Villamil include: medical clinic, pharmacy, grocery store and convenience mart. There is no bank or ATM service, and credit cards are not always accepted, so travel prepared with US$ cash.

Take advantage of the slow internet service on Isabela island to disconnect from life for a few days.

Check out our detailed blog post about how to spend a free day in Puerto Villamil, for more information about the best Isabela island restaurants, services and sites to visit.

Isabela Island Visitor Sites

Isabela is the largest Galapagos island, so it goes without saying that there is plenty to do and see here. Kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, biking, surfing, and relaxing on the tropical beaches are just some of the activities that reveal the natural wonders of Isabela.


Puerto Villamil Beach

The long stretch of gorgeous sand in front of Puerto Villamil town is considered one of the finest Galapagos beaches. Located on the bay, it’s an ideal spot to swim, surf, relax or have a sundowner at beachfront bars in a hammock after a day of active exploring. Marine iguanas, Sally lightfoot crabs and blue footed boobies join you on the pristine sand.

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Concha de Perla

Concha de Perla is a clear water bay with calm, crystalline waters and a small yellow sand beach. Rent out snorkel gear in town, and jump right in for swimming and snorkeling alongside tropical Galapagos fish, playful sea lions and with luck penguins. No tour guide is required here.

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Located just a short way out of the main town to the west is a man-made lagoon of brackish water. The largest Galapagos flamingo colony hang out here, sifting the water for crustaceans. Sometimes Galapagos duck species or wader birds can also be spotted.

Los Tuneles Isabela

Los Tuneles is one of the very best snorkel and dive sites at the Galapagos islands! It is a sheltered maze of pools and lava bridges formed when lava flowed from a nearby volcanic eruption into the sea. The waters are crystal clear, and volcanic bridges that span them are a sanctuary for a myriad of vibrant reef fish, decade-old sea turtles, large sea horses, starfish, and whitetip reef sharks.

This 1/2 day tour is off limits to cruise ships, so you’ll need to take a land tour to enjoy the wildlife treasures at Los Tuneles.

Las Tintoreras

Tintoreras is a small islet that can be visited as a 1/2 day tour from Puerto Villamil. The trip begins with a boat ride around the bay looking for Galapagos penguins on the rocks, and other wildlife. A dry dock landing leads onto a circular trail through a large colony of Marine iguanas, ending up at a lava crevasse often full of Whitetip reef sharks enjoying this shady spot. Finally your guide will take you snorkeling to look for reef fish or sea lions.

photo taken from: Pinterest

The Wetlands (Isabela Humedales)

The Wetlands of Isabela are located towards the far end of the main beach, starting alongside Iguana Crossing Hotel. The area is easy to explore by foot, consisting of a network of seven boardwalk trails passing through lakes, lagoons, mangrove swamps, and lookout points. Keep an eye out for flamingoes, pintail ducks and other waders.

Photo taken from : Trip Advisor

La Playa de Amor (Love Beach)

La Playa de Amor is a local’s favorite beach for relaxing and swimming. The beach is made of crushed shells, and there is a tidal pool and a colony of marine iguanas nearby. Sea turtles have also been frequently spotted in the area.

Photo taken from: TripAdvisor

Wall of Tears (Muro de Lagrimas)

Six kilometers out of town is the famous Wall of Tears – a 100m long, 6m tall wall of black lava built by convicts of the former Isabela penal colony. This is a stark reminder of the island’s brutal history, and reported by locals to be haunted. Lava lizards zip between the rocks and shrubs, protecting their territory from rivals.

Photo taken from: miejsca

Isabela Tortoise Breeding Center (Arnaldo Tupiza Centro de Crianza)

The Isabela Tortoise Breeding Center is one of the tortoise success stories at Galapagos. Exploring the different stages of tortoise growth is fascinating – from hatchlings, to young adults. Several of the endemic Isabela tortoise species are kept here, and released back into the wild when old enough to survive alone.

Sierra Negra Volcan

Up on the Isabela highlands it seems like a completely different world. Tourists are greeted by lush vegetation, Scalesia Forest, Guava plantations and smouldering volcanoes.

Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world, spanning seven by nine kilometers across. Tourists can take a guided day hike to the summit for views into the crater, and the chance to discover a different side to Isabela island.

A sometimes muddy trail leads the way up, with possible Galapagos Finch and flycatcher sightings along the way. Hawks occasionally soar high above.

Enjoy the views of the old lava flows inside Sierra Negra crater, before heading further on to Volcan Chico. The landscape quickly changes to a barren volcanic wasteland, with interesting rock features like hornitos (volcanic ovens), and a surreal moon-like topography.

The trek is 6km roundtrip in total, with elevation gain of 200m. The Volcan Chico section can be challenging terrain to navigate.


Tagus Cove (Caleta Tagus)

Landing Type: Dry landing.

Trail Length: 1 and 1/2 hours with a short steep section.

Terrain: Moderate difficult trek over steep terrain.

Tagus cove was a famous hideout for whalers and pirates over the centuries, with calm waters protected from view making the perfect place to anchor. The name dates back to 1814 when British ship, The Tagus, stopped here to hunt giant tortoises as fresh meat for their onward voyage. Ask your guide to point out the graffiti left on rocks by passing sailors from back in the 1800s.

Tagus Cove tourist activities will depend on your itinerary. Some yachts take a panga dingy ride to observe wildlife around the cove. Sightings of Galapagos penguins and Flightless Cormorants are common, as are many other sea bird species.

If you make a landing then be prepared for a trek up to Darwin’s Lake. The trail leads through Palo Santo forest up to a salt water lake that botanist Charles Darwin himself visited in 1835. There is also a wonderful lookout point with fine views over the bay and surrounding islands. Keep your eyes open for land birds along the path; Galapagos finches, hawks, warblers and flycatchers can often be spotted.

Time permitting your guide might also let you snorkel in the waters at Tagus Cove, where colorful fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and reef sharks wait to share the water with you.

Photo taken from: TripAdvisor

Vicente Roca Point (Punta Vicente Roca)

Landing Type: No landing.

Activity: Panga dingy ride and snorkeling.

Located on the northwest coast of Isabela island, Vicente Roca Point is only reached by dinghy. The site has two coves where flightless cormorants, a marine iguana colony, storm petrels, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, and Galapagos penguins are often spotted. The year-round cool waters and thriving underwater eco-system here also attracts whales and dolphins.

Vicente Roca Point is also a top spot to snorkel. Sea turtles, puffer fish, rays & seahorses frequent these waters, while massive sunfish (Mola Mola) create whirlpool-like effects in the clear waters during feeding frenzies.

Urbina Bay (Bahia Urbina)

Landing Type: Dry landing.

Trail Length: Short trail (0.6mi/1 km) or longer trail (1.9mi/3km).

Terrain: Easy/Moderate difficulty.

Urbina Bay is one of Isabela islands more unusual sites. Back in 1954 volcanic uplift forced the sea floor above the surface of the water, exposing coral reefs and fossils. The coastal area is frequented by flightless cormorants, pelicans and marine iguanas. Visitors can also snorkel with turtles, rays and reef fish.

The two trails (short and long) head through giant tortoise habitat. The bay is at the foot of the Alcedo volcano whose summit can be seen towering above in all its grandeur, and home to it’s very own Alcedo tortoise species. The largest Galapagos land iguanas also live in the area, and Galapagos hawk sightings are common.

Albermarle Point (Punto Albermarle)

Landing Type: No landing.

The northern point of Isabela island is an important nesting ground for the Flightless Cormorant, as well as home to the largest Marine iguanas of the archipelago. Although no landing is possible here, visitors can get up close to the wildlife action aboard a dingy. This site used to house a US army world war 2 radar base, which served as a strategic point in the war of the Pacific.

Elizabeth Bay

Landing Type: No landing.

Another visitor site where your feet cannot touch the ground can instead be enjoyed as a long panga dingy ride around the various islets of this pretty bay. Likely marine wildlife suspects include Galapagos penguins, Flightless Cormorants, sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, herons and brown pelicans. If your Galapagos yacht carries kayaks onboard then your luck is in – Elizabeth Bay provides a great opportunity to paddle up real close to some amazing animals.

Tourists may also snorkel in the waters close to mangrove forest. This is prime habitat to protect reef fish, whitetip reef sharks, turtles and rays (golden and eagle). Very occasionally dolphins or humpback whales may enter Elizabeth Bay.

Moreno Point (Punta Moreno)

Landing Type: Dry landing.

Trail Length: 1.2mi/2 km.

Terrain: Easy/Moderate difficulty.

Moreno Point offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy.

A panga dingy ride around the rocky shores allows you to spot Galapagos penguins and other Galapagos shore birds.

A moderate land trail over the lava passes by tidal pools and mangrove plants. This area is renowned for bird watching with flamingoes, pelicans, various species of heron and more. The tidal pools often yield interesting wildlife too, from sally lightfoot crabs to sea turtles or reef sharks that have become stranded until the next high tide.


The following Isabela dive sites can only be visited as part of a specialist live-aboard Galapagos dive cruise.

Vicente Roca Point Diving

Dive yachts like the Galapagos Sky stop off at Vicente Roca on Isabela. This is wall dive with lots of nooks and crannies to explore for marine creatures among the coral. Currents are not usually strong, and visibility is reasonable. The top target at Vicente Roca are the giant Sun Fish (Mola Mola). Also keep your eyes peeled for frogfish, red lipped batfish, sea horses, octopus, puffers and other reef fish. Penguins, sea lions and marine birds often dive for fish here too.

Cape Marshall Dive Site (Cabo Marshall)

Located off the northwestern shores of Isabela, Cape Marshal is a reef dive that reaches depths of 120ft. Hammerhead and white-tipped reef sharks, rays, schools of barracuda, guineafowl pufferfish, parrotfish, yellowtail surgeonfish, and sea lions are some of the marine highlights that frequent the area. Gentle giant rays (Manta, Mobula and Marble) also drift slowly by.

Cape Marshall has strong currents so is for advanced divers only. Check out the Aggressor III dive yacht itinerary to visit this part of Isabela island at Galapagos.

Note: All wildlife sightings are by their very nature unpredictable, and activities may be subject to change by your guide or the National Park Authority.

In conclusion, Isabela island is absolutely not to missed at Galapagos. Isabela is huge, diverse and packed with everything needed to keep visitors happy. Divers, snorkelers and kayakers will be delighted with the incredible marine life, while land lovers have 5 species of giant tortoise to keep them busy. The biodiversity of wildlife is among the very best of the Galapagos islands. The volcanic landscapes will take your breath away. It’s also the best spot for Galapagos whale-watching and dolphins. Whether you go the full hog with a cruise loop up the western coast, or visit Puerto Villamil on a land tour, Isabela will certainly not disappoint!

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La Isla Isabela Galápagos, es una de las cuatros islas habitables y está ubicada al oeste. Es la más grande de todas. La ventaja de visitar esta Isla son: la cercanía de sus playas para bañarse, facilidad para llegar a miradores, centro crianzas de tortugas, piscinas naturales, etc.

En Isla Isabela (Ecuador), se mantiene con poco desarrollo urbanístico, y le da un aspecto pueblerino con toque salvaje, a diferencia de las Islas Santa Cruz y San Cristóbal, que aparentan ser pequeñas ciudades.



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  • Temporada alta: Los meses de Junio, Julio, Agosto, y del 20 de Diciembre y al 5 de Enero se considera la temporada alta en Galápagos.
  • Temporada baja: Septiembre, es el único mes que se considera bajo, el clima y las corrientes oceánicas no favorecen. Aunque para ver la vida animal es uno de los mejores.
  • Temporada climática: Desde los meses de Diciembre a Mayo es temporada playera como le llamamos nosotros, siempre soleado y mucho calor. En los meses de enero y febrero hay alta probabilidad de lluvias. Desde los meses de Junio a Noviembre son temporada secas, el agua del mar se pone muy fría. Agosto y Septiembre puede haber muchas chubascos o lloviznas.


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    Para llegar a la isla Isabela en Galápagos, debes tomar un vuelo desde Quito o Guayaquil al aeropuerto de Baltra (Isla Santa Cruz) o al aeropuerto en la Isla San Cristóbal. Después de eso, puedes llegar de dos maneras a la Isla Isabela:

    1. Vuelos interislas a Isla Isabela: Existen dos aerolíneas que ofrecen vuelos interislas desde Santa Cruz o San Cristóbal a la Isla isabela que son Emetebe y FlyGalapagos
    2. Lanchas interislas a Isla Isabela: Si quieres ir de San Cristóbal a Isabela en lanchas interislas o llamado ferrys, estas obligado tomar dos lanchas rápidas. Primero, uno que vaya a Santa Cruz. Segundo, esperar el ferry que vaya a Isabela

    *Antes de navegar en los ferrys o lancha interislas, puede ser una hora antes, tomate una pastilla para el mareo (Mareol o Anautin). Por lo tanto, recomiendo sentarte en últimos asientos de la lancha o pide ir arriba junto al capitán.

    La playita en Isla Isabela


    Aprovecha: Los mejores itinerarios en crucero por Galápagos con precios de último minuto



  • Cabo rosa Isabela
  • Concha perla
  • Volcán sierra negra
  • Minas de azufre
  • Islote Tortuga
  • Tintoreras
  • Humedales
  • Centro de crianza de tortugas gigantes
  • Poza de los flamencos
  • Muro de lagrimas
  • Volcán trillizos

    Mirador Cerro Ochilla



  • Caminata al Volcán Sierra Negra y Chico
  • Kayak en Tintoreras
  • Rapel en el volcán Los Trillizos
  • Snorkel en Concha Perla y Cabo Rosa
  • Buceo en Islote Tortuga
  • Ciclismo a los humedales
  • Panga ride en la roca Uníon
  • Actividades de Playas en Isabela: Surf
  • Avistamiento de la fauna en la poza de los Flamencos y Centro de crianza de tortuga gigantes

    Flamencos en los humedales en Isabela



    Te ayudo buscando disponibilidad en los mejores tours diarios desde la Isla Isabela :

  • Túneles cabo rosa
  • Volcán sierra negra
  • Tintoreras
  • Los Trillizos
  • Minas de azufre (Próximamente)
  • Buceo en Islote Tortuga


    Nadando con Pinguinos en Cabo Rosa

    Cabo Rosa, es un tour genial. Primeramente vas a una roca que se llama la unión y ves pájaros de patas azules. Luego se dirigen a los túneles hacer una caminata y ver un poco mas de patas azules. Finalizando en un lugar llamado finado, donde se realiza un snorkel fenomenal, si tienes suerte nadaras con tiburones tintoreras. Lea más sobre Túneles Cabo Rosa y reserve un tour con anticipación.


    Caminata al Volcán Sierra Negra

    Volcán Sierra Negra, es el segundo cráter mas grande del mundo y es uno de los pocos treking que puedes hacer en Galápagos. La caminata dura unas 5 horas, y parte de la ruta es llegar al Volcán chico, donde el horizonte llevara a tu mente estar fuera de este planeta. Lea más sobre el Volcán Sierra Negra y reserve un tour con anticipación.


    Caminata en Tintoreras

    Todo el viaje a tintoreras, dura 3 horas aproximadamente, se hace un panga ride para que vean desde el barco las tortuga y manta raya mientras el guía explica lo que va ser el tour. Posteriormente se dirigen a un pequeño islote donde se pueden observar pelícanos, piqueros de patas azules y pinguinos (Dependiendo la temporada).

    Luego se arriba al islote Tintorera donde se realiza una caminata de 45 minutos, podrán ver las iguanas marinas adultas y bebe porque es zona de reproducción. El sendero nos lleva por un canal donde están los tiburones tintoreras en descanso y al final llegan a una playa de leones marinos. Después de eso, se regresa a la embarcación para realizar snorkel y ver la vida marina de la Isla Isabela.
    Precio: USD 60
    Horarios de mañana: 08h00 – 08h40 – 09h00 – 09h40 – 10h00 y 10h40
    Horarios de tarde: 12h40 – 13h00 – 13h40 – 14h00 – 14h40 – 15h00

    Volcán Los Trillizos

    Rappel en Los Trillizos

    Un tour que se desciende en el volcán trillizos que se encuentra cerca del Volcán Sierra negra. Se inicia con una caminata por medio de la flora y fauna de Isabela para luego tener un descenso en rappel de unos 150 metros. El recorrido dura un total de 3 horas. El tour incluye todo los implemento de seguridad y lleva la ropa cómoda y zapatos de caminata.
    Precio: USD 60
    Contacto: Ulise Alvarado // Whatsapp: +593997685275 // Teléfono: +59352529146 // [email protected]

    Buceo Isla Isabela

    El buceo en la Isla Isabela, se realiza en los islotes tortuga, que se encuentra a unos 30 minutos desde Puerto Villamil, es un buen lugar para buzos intermedios y avanzados.
    Comparte momentos con grandes pelásgicos como manta rayas, tiburones de Galápagos, ocasionalmente tiburones martillo y tintoreras, tortugas marinas, rayas sartenes marmoleadas y peces de aguas abierta.
    Precio: USD 180
    Incluye: Todos los equipos de buceo y 2 inmersiones.
    *Debe haber un mínimo de 6 personas para realizar el viaje.

    Minas de azufre

    Próximamente se podrá hacer la caminata a las Minas de Azufre del Volcán Sierra negra, será similar al tour del Volcán solo que será en la parte Oeste del crater.


    Sunset en la Playa de Isabela



    Surf Isla Isabela

    La playa el Faro es ideal para aprender surfear, está camino a los humedales. Las olas se forma en el beach break y tienes mucha playa esperar la tanda. Ten cuidado que puedes surfear una ola con Mantas rayas o tortugas marinas.

    Centro de Crianza Tortuga gigante y Poza de los Flamencos

    Puedes visitar estos dos lugares que se encuentran cerca, para ver las tortugas gigantes en el centro de crianza y con suerte verás los Flamencos, puedes llegar a pie en el sendero que existe o en bicicleta.

    Concha Perla

    Es una piscina natural que está ubicada junto al muelle de Puerto Villamil, es un lugar muy chevere para hacer snorkel, verás muchos peces y en el sendero encontrarás muchos lobos marinos.

    Humedales y Muro de las lagrimas

    Estos lugares suelen ser parte de un recorrido en bicicleta, donde se llega al muro de lagrimas y se va visitando algunos humedales y diferentes playas, también hay un mirador con una vista espectacular de la Isla Isabela.


    TOP 8: Las mejores playas de Galápagos



    Te dejo un presupuesto de gastos, según el itinerario de 3 días en la Isla Isabela:

  • USD 80 Hospedaje (2 noches)
  • USD 125 Tour Cabo rosa en Isabela
  • USD 45 Tour Volcán Sierra negra
  • USD 70 Lanchas interislas (Ida y Vuelta)
  • USD 15 Cena
  • USD 10 Desayuno
  • USD 5 Impuesto a la entrada de la Isla para ecuatorianos
  • USD 10 Impuesto a la entrada de la Isla para extranjeros
  • USD 2 Taxi acuático para tomar la lancha interislas
  • USD 20 para comprar snacks, agua, etc.
  • USD 20 Alquiler de bicicleta


    Crater del Volcan Sierra Negra



    Te dejo una lista de cosas y accesorios que necesitas llevar para mejorar tu experiencia en esta mágica isla. Sin embargo algunas de las cosas que están en esta lista puedes conseguirla en el mismo pueblo. Entonces contribuyes a la economía local.

      Binoculares Nikon 8252 para observar a una distancia segura los animales

      Tarjeta SIM CARD – Chip Pre-pagado

      Toalla de secado rápido

      Gorra o sombrero

      Memoria USB

     Botellas reusables de aluminio para mantenerte hidratado

      Gafas de sol

      Equipo de Snorkel que no se empañe

      Bloqueador solar

      Traje de baño

      Zapatos o zapatillas cerradas con buen agarre

      Ropa confortable

     Pastillas para el mareo (Anautin or Mareol)

      Mochila resistente al agua: para llevar articulos personales

      Abrigos y chompas entre los meses de Septiembre a Noviembre

    Camara con lente de zoom (75-300) para tomar fotos a los animales


    Piqueros de patas azules en Cabo Rosa



    DÍA 1:

    07h00: Viaje en lancha interistas desde Puerto Ayora en Isla Santa Cruz.
    09h00: Arribo a Puerto Villamil en la Isla Isabela
    09h40: Check-in en tu hotel 🛎
    Cada vez que reservas en algunos de los hoteles que recomendamos en esta guía, booking nos da una comisión y nos permites mantener actualizado esta guía de viaje.
    Ver hospedajes recomendado por Choko
    11h00 a 17h00: Cabo Rosa en Isabela
    17h30: Snorkel en la piscina natural Concha Perla

    DÍA 2:

    08h00: Desayuno
    09h00: Alquiler de bicicleta
    Te puede costar entre USD 15 a USD 20 el alquiler de la bicicleta por todo el día.
    09h00 a 16h00: Recorrido en bicicleta hasta el Muro de lagrimas
    El recorrido es un poco duro, lleva mucha agua, trata de no ir rápido porque las piedras volcánicas te pueden hacer resbalar y las raspadas son muy dolorosas.
    Los lugares que puedes visitar en el recorrido con la bicicleta: ▪ Humedales ▪ Mirador ▪ Muro de las lagrimas ▪ Poza de los Flamencos ▪ Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan ▪ Concha Perla.

    DÍA 3:

    06h40: Desayuno
    07h00 a 14h00: Volcán sierra negra
    14h00: Check-out del Hotel.
    15h00: Viaje en lancha interislas desde Puerto Villamil en Isla Isabela hacia Puerto Ayora en Isla Santa Cruz

    Punta Espinoza en Isla Fernandina



    Algunos yates que tienen en su itinerario la Islas del Oeste y Norte, incluyen visitas a estos lugares en la Isla Isabela, que solo se puede acceder navegado en un crucero por Galápagos que salen desde la Isla Santa Cruz.

  • Isla Fernandina
  • Punta Vicente Roca
  • Caleta Tagus
  • Bahía Urbina
  • Bahía Elizabeth


    Bancos y ATM: En el Parque Central puedes encontrar un ATM (cajero automático) del Banco Pacífico.
    Telefonía Celular: La señal que tiene mejor cobertura en la Isla Isabela es Claro.
    Hospitales y Centro de salud: Existe solo un Centro de Salud que está ubicado en la calle 16 de Marzo y Malecón / Horario de atención: 07h40 a 17h00.





    Isabela Sunset / Cócteles y platos a la carta / Comida ecuatoriana, internacional y piqueos / Plato recomendado: bacalao o brujo frito – Hamburguesa de patacón / Cócteles recomendados: Daiquiri de maracuya – Coco loco / Precios desde USD 5 a USD 23 / Abierto desde las 11h00 a 22h00 / Ubicado en la Av. malecón y 16 de marzo frente a la playa, a lado del centro de salud.



    The Wooden House Lodge: Cuenta con 12 habitaciones – standar sencilla, standar doble y twin, standar triple (Cama matrimonial + cama extra), superior sencilla, superior matrimonial, superior triple (Cama matrimonial + cama extra), Las habitaciones superiores tienen una cama king size, Las habitaciones estándar tienen una cama queen size (Todas con baño privado) / Precio promedio: Entre USD 135 a USD 220 (Incluye impuesto y desayuno) / RESERVA AHORA: [email protected] com – +593994982303

    Hotel Coral Blanco: Cuenta con 10 habitaciones – 2 habitaciones individuales, 6 habitaciones dobles (3 doble junior y 3 doble superior), 1 habitacion triple, 1 habitacion cuadruple (Todas con baño privado) / Precio promedio: Entre USD 40 a USD 110 + Impuestos (Incluye desayuno) / RESERVA AHORA: [email protected] – +593992457445 / +593995668171


    ✔ No dejes basura en algunas de las playas, senderos o lugares turísticos que visites.
    ✔ No recolectes plantas, arena, insectos, piedras o cualquier espécimen.
    ✔ No te acerques a mas de 2 metros de los animales y no tomes foto usando el flash.
    ✔ No alimentes a los animales, alteras su comportamiento y digestión al darle comida.
    ✔ Consume la gastronomía local y si pueden contraten un guía comunitario.





    Si estas buscando algún crucero en Galápagos, puedo ayudarte a buscar disponibilidad para las fechas que piensas viajar, en algunas de estas embarcaciones: Angelito, Aqua, Archipel I, Archipel II, Camila, Fragata, Golondrina, Seaman Journey, Solaris and Treasure of Galapagos.

  • *Trabajamos directamente con propietarios de embarcaciones y operadores turísticos en Galápagos, evitando así costos adicionales, a diferencia de los operadores de viajes como Viator, Get Your Guide y Civitatis que dependen de terceras operadores.

    Después de pasar esta pandemia global por el Coronavirus, nos dimos cuenta que todo nuestro viaje puede cambiar de un día para otro. Pero si nos toca vivir alguna calamidad lejos de nuestro hogar, esperamos tener una asistencia al viajero que realmente funcione y nos ayude en momentos dificiles. Como resultado, ahora será mejor tener un buen seguro de viajes que incluya un seguro de cancelación de vuelos.



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  • La Casa de Marita, Puerto Villamil

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    Surrounded by palm trees and the white sandy beaches of Puerto Villamil, La Casa de Marita offers stylish accommodation on the beautiful Isabela Island. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a breakfast buffet.

    This boutique hotel features suites with private balconies that offer ocean or inland views. All air-conditioned suites are decorated in unique modern art styles and feature a minibar and a comfortable seating area.

    La Casa de Marita’s restaurant serves national and international dishes, prepared with only fresh, organic ingredients grown and harvested on the hotel’s plantation. Guests can read books from the library or relax in a hammock while admiring the sea view.

    The hotel can organize various activities such as snorkeling and hiking.

    La Casa de Marita can be reached by plane from Quito and Guayaquil. Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) is 2 hours away by boat. Sierra Negra Volcano is 22 km away. The Giant Turtle Center is 1.2 km away.

    This is our guests’ favorite part of Puerto Villamil, according to independent reviews.

    Couples especially like the location — they rated accommodation in the area for a trip as a couple 9.7 .

    La Casa de Marita has been welcoming guests since Apr 21, 2019 2004.

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    Most Popular Amenities & Services

    Free WiFi

    Beach (first line)

    family rooms

    Benefits of this option

    Located in the top-rated area in Puerto Villamil, this hotel is located in the top rated area. Excellent Location Score: 9.7

    Do you want to sleep well? This hotel is highly rated for very comfortable beds.


    Free parking!

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    • When is the best time to visit your property for the perfect beach holiday?

      for January, February, March, November and December.
      enjoy the sun and the beach 🙂

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      Reply October 30, 2019

    • Hello, what are the Covid rules coming to the Galapagos Islands?

      All persons in Ecuador (regardless of citizenship or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must submit a negative RT-PCR test taken no later than 96 hours prior to arrival in the Galapagos Islands.

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      Reply March 2, 2021

    • What are the COVID-19 restrictions coming to the Galapagos from USA

      Any international traveler to the Galapagos must first arrive in the country with proof of a negative RT-PCR test done within the last 10 days. The same test can be used to enter the Galapagos Islands if done within 96 hours of arrival in the Galapagos Islands.

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      Reply March 2, 2021

    All distances are measured in a straight line. Actual distance may vary.



    Most Popular Amenities & Services

    Free WiFi

    Beach (first line)

    family rooms


    • Toilet paper

    • Towels/bed linen for extra charge

    • Private bathroom

    • Toilet

    • Free toiletries

    • Hair dryer

    • Shower


    • Wardrobe or wardrobe


    • Garden furniture

    • Beach (first line)

    • Sun deck

    • Terrace

    • Garden

    • Refrigerator

    Amenities in the room

    • Clothes hanger

    Sports and recreation

    • Cooking class
      Additional charge

    • Tour or presentation about local culture
      Additional charge

    • Beach

    Media and technology

    • Telephone

    Food and drink

    • Coffee house (on site)

    • Wine/champagne

    • Children’s menu

    • Special diet menus (on request)

    • Breakfast in the room

    • Bar

    • Minibar

    • Restaurant


    Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge.


    Free public parking nearby (reservation not possible) .

    • Street parking

    • Parking spaces for people with disabilities

    Reception desk

    • Tourist office

    Entertainment and family services

    • Board games and/or puzzles

    Cleaning services

    • Daily cleaning

    • Ironing services

    • Laundry

    Business center services

    • Fax/Photocopying

    • Meeting/banqueting room


    • Fire extinguishers

    • 24 hour security

    • Safe

    • Shared lounge / TV room

    • Smoking areas

    • Air conditioner

    • Non-smoking throughout

    • Wake-up service

    • Separate entrance

    • Packed lunches

    • Family rooms

    • Facilities for disabled guests

    • Non-smoking rooms

    • Room service

    Health services

    • Full body massage

    • Back massage

    • Sun umbrellas

    • Sun loungers/beach chairs

    • Public baths

    • Massage
      Additional charge

    The staff speaks these languages

    • German

    • English

    • Spanish

    • Italian

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    12:00 – 22:00


    07:00 – 10:00


    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary depending on the type of option chosen.
    Please enter your dates of stay and review the booking conditions for the requested room.

    Beds for children

    Child Policy

    Children of all ages are welcome.

    Children aged 4 and over are considered adults at this property.

    To see exact prices and availability, please enter the number of children in your group and their age when searching.

    Crib and Extra Bed Policy

    No extra beds or cots available.

    No age limit

    There are no age restrictions for check-in.


    Pets are not allowed.

    Cards accepted by the hotel

    La Casa de Marita accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.



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    Hostal Isla Isabela

    The 2-star Hostal Isla Isabela is about 2.9 km from Guanguiltagua Metropolitano Park. This hotel offers shuttle service, dry cleaning and valet parking for your convenience.

    Quito city center is a 30-minute walk from this guest house. Bicentenario Park is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from this hotel. This hotel is located a short drive from St. Francis Church and other Quito attractions. The nearest bus stop is Unknown, 300 meters away.

    Restaurant «Campo Viejo Empanadas» is located at a distance of 200 meters and offers its guests delicious dishes.

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    Hostal Isla Isabela 2 stars

    Quito city center is a 30-minute walk from this guest house. Bicentenario Park is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from this hotel. This hotel is located a short drive from St. Francis Church and other Quito attractions. The nearest bus stop is Unknown, 300 meters away.

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    • Free
    • Washing machine
    • Flat screen TV
    • Alarm clock radio
    • Carpeted floor


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    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Parking
    • Pets are allowed
    • numbers Check-out: from 12:00 to 13:00

      • Extra Bed Information
      • One child under 12 years old stays free of charge unless an extra bed is required.
      • Baby cots are not available in the rooms.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      • Yes, your car will be safe in the car park at Hostal Isla Isabela.

      • Distance from Isla Isabela to the city center is 3 km.

      • Nearby attractions include La Carolina Park and St. Francis Church, located 20 and 15 minutes’ walk from Hostal Isla Isabela Quito, respectively.

      • About 150 meters from Hostal Isla Isabela there is BUZA — The Italian American Kitchen and Pizzería El Hornero.

      • Hostal Isla Isabela Quito offers rooms with a kitchenette, a dressing area and satellite TV.

      • Yes, as a general rule, pets are allowed at Hostal Isla Isabela. However, it is better to clarify this issue before booking.

      • The staff at Hostal Isla Isabela Quito can speak Italian, Russian, Spanish and English.


      • Free Wi-Fi
      • Parking
      • Pets are allowed by Pets Dressing room
      • Dining table
      • Washing machine
      • Flat screen TV
      • Alarm clock radio
      • Carpeted floor 9) and the measures taken by the authorities to combat it. If you select a non-refundable rate, you will not be able to receive a refund if your booking is cancelled. Your cancellation request will be processed by the hotel in accordance with your rate conditions and consumer protection laws.

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