The Galapagos Islands

Isla Isabela

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Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and is made up of five (sometimes) active volcanoes. Check out Volcan Wolf — the highest point in the entire Galapagos and Volcan Alcedo, home to hundreds of giant tortoises and juvenile hawks.

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  • Isla Santa Cruz

    Isla Santa Cruz

    Almost all visitors to the Galapagos Islands will touch down in Isla Santa Cruz at some point...Read more
  • Isla Genovesa

    Isla Genovesa

    Stay with us – Isla Genovesa is also known as Booby Island due to the sheer number of goofy-looking Nazca and red-footed boobies that live here...Read more
  • Isla Rabida

    Isla Rabida

    Famous for the unique red colour of its beach and cliffs, Isla Rabida is known for the sizeable number of flamingos that feed on shrimp in its lagoon, snorkelling with sea lions and the large number of bird species that live here...Read more
  • Isla Floreana

    Isla Floreana

    To the north of Floreana lies Punta Cormorant, a beautiful white sand beach that runs for 720m and is known as the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos...Read more
  • Isla San Cristóbal

    Isla San Cristóbal

    Sea lions are everywhere in San Cristobal, so head down to any accessible waterfront to see noisy sea lions and furry babies frolicking on the sand and occasionally taking to the water...Read more
  • Isla Española

    Isla Española

    Española is one of the more remote Galapagos Islands, at some 90km southeast of Isla Santa Cruz...Read more
  • Isla Bartolomé

    Isla Bartolomé

    Tiny Bartolomé is most famous for its landscapes and scenery...Read more
  • Isla Fernandina

    Isla Fernandina

    The third largest — and youngest — of the Galapagos Islands, Fernandina has a unique environment which makes it a haven for thousands of slowly-moving marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and sea lions...Read more
  • Isla Santiago

    Isla Santiago

    Once a hideout for smugglers and pirates, Isla Santiago is now best-known for Sullivan Bay, where century-old lava has solidified into bubbles and caves, and Puerto Egas, a wet landing where you can see seals, sea lions and sea birds...Read more

Machu Picchu & Galapagos cruise

An epic land and sea voyage of history and nature
Approx. 13 days
Lima (1 days) → Sacred Valley (2) → Machu Picchu (1) → Cusco (2) → Quito (2) → Isla Santa Cruz (1) → Isla Fernandina (1) → Isla Isabela (1) → Isla Santiago (1) → Quito (1)
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Classic Galapagos cruise

See the best of the Galapagos Islands
Approx. 4 days
Isla Santa Cruz (1 days) → Isla Bartolomé (1) → Isla Genovesa (1) → Isla Santa Cruz (1)
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Galapagos expedition cruise

Luxury-class cruise of the islands
Approx. 8 days
Isla Santa Cruz (1 days) → Isla Fernandina (1) → Isla Isabela (1) → Isla Bartolomé (1) → Isla Rabida (1) → Isla Santa Cruz (1) → Isla Española (1) → Isla San Cristóbal (1)
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Things to do in Isla Isabela

Our recommended experiences and activities

Snorkelling at Los Túneles
Isla Isabela

Snorkelling at Los Túneles

A maze of submerged lava tubes formed by Isabela Island’s numerous volcanoes, Los Túneles is refuge to sea turtles, reef sharks, mantas, seahorses, and numerous other species. Snorkelling here is akin to swimming in a giant aquarium.

Swim with sea lions
Isla Isabela

Swim with sea lions

Sea lions are abundant across the islands and are generally fearless around humans. Go for a swim on any of San Cristobal’s beaches and you’re bound to encounter a colony sunning on the beach or playing in the water.

Hike Volcán Sierra Negra
Isla Isabela

Hike Volcán Sierra Negra

Dominating Isabela Island is the rumbling Volcán Sierra Negra. A 5 mile hike affords great views, plus a chance to spot various endemic bird species.

Visit a pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove
Isla Isabela

Visit a pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove

Tucked away Tagus Cove was historically used by pirates and whalers as a hiding point. Today, visitors can still see their graffiti carved into Isla Isabela’s cliffs on their hike to the nearby salt-water Darwin Lake.

Explore the underwater caves of Punta Vicente Roca
Isla Isabela

Explore the underwater caves of Punta Vicente Roca

Take a panga ride to Punta Vicente Roca to snorkel two shallow underwater caves where you can see bullhead sharks, seahorses, batfishes and schools of barracuda.

Where to go in The Galapagos Islands

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