Sierra Negra Volcano Tour
The Sierra Negra volcano is one of five volcanos on the island of Isabela, and boasts the second largest volcanic caldera in the world (Yellowstone National Park in the United States is the largest in case you were wondering). On the Sierra Negra Volcano Tour you hike to the rim of the six mile wide crater and then trek across an alien landscape of lava fields and fumaroles. The Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos, with the last eruption in 2005. Though you probably won't see any lava flowing, you will have the opportunity to explore thermal vents and other fascinating geologic features before stopping for a snack near Volcan Chico. The vistas from this spot are among the most breathtaking in Isabela and on clear afternoons afford views of the northern volcanoes on Isabela and Fernandina. A savory hot lunch at Campo Duro rounds out this challenging but rewarding day.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Transfer by mini-coach to the trailhead in the Isabela Highlands.
- Ascend 2 hours through different ecological bio-zones.
- Stand on the rim of the second largest volcanic caldera in the world.
- Cross barren lava fields to Volcan Chico (time & weather permitting).
- Wander the surreal lava landscape pock marked with vents and fumarals.
English Name: Sierra Negra Volcano Spanish Name: Volcan Sierra Negra
Location & Geography: The Sierra Negra is a large sheild volcano located in the southern third of Isabela island. The volcano was formed from a hotspot near the Nazca techtonic plate and it boasts the second largest caldera in the world. Sierra Negra is an active volcano with recorded eruptions in 1911, 1948, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1963, and 1979. The last eruption was in October of 2005 and lasted for 8 days with an estimated 1.5x108 m3 of lava flow.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Though there is possibility of animal sightings, the real focus of this hike is the geology of the Sierra Negra and Sierra Chico volcanoes.
Difficulty: Strenuous due to terrain and distance: hiking over uneven terrain and rocks, prolonged gradual inclined trails that can be alternatively very wet & slippery or dry and dusty.
Please note: This is a strenuous 6+ hour hike in equatorial heat. If your physical fitness allows it, the view from the top is well worth the effort!
You will need: hiking shoes with socks, water, hat, sunscreen.
|Start time: 8am Hotel pick up||Duration: Full-day||Origin: Isabela||Embarcation Point: Hotel Pick up|
|Group Size: group or private||Vessel Type: Bus/Foot||Activity level: strenuous||Total Travel Time: 4-6 hr round trip hike|