You will notice a real difference when you arrive on Isabela Island. Although it’s the biggest island of the Galápagos archipelago, it’s a lot more tranquilo and less built up. There are only a few shops and restaurants, and very few paved roads. It has more of a tropical and ‘wild’ feel to it, with the long stretch of beach being its focal point. However, go inland and you will find a collection of five volcanoes, which make for fascinating hikes and a fantastic view.
The long beach is beautiful and untouched, and there are lots of great hidden coves and bays along the way. Perfect for a walk, swim or even a bike ride along the coast. There is also a lovely little spot for snorkeling at La Concha de Perla. For another chance to see the giant tortoises, you can go for a pleasant walk up to the breeding centre, which passes the lake with pink flamingos along the way.
Although there are lots of free things to do, it is definitely worth an organised hike up to the volcanoes. It’s like stepping onto another planet, completely different from the tropical feel of the beach town. The landscape varies dramatically on Isabela. We also went on a boat trip to the lava tunnels, which also made for some fantastic snorkeling!
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