Our tour to the volcanic crater of Sierra Negra and the volcano Chico on the Galapagos island Isabella started today at 7 o’clock in the morning.
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Start of the hike
In a group of 20 people we went on an open-air bus to the Highlands of Isabela. After about 30 minutes drive we have arrived at our starting point for the hike – at the southern foot of the volcano.
The Sierra Negra volcano reaches an altitude of over 1,100 meters and is the oldest of the six volcanoes on isabela island – and at the same time the most active. There were 8 eruptions between 1911 and 2005. The corresponding volcanic crater is the second largest crater in the world after the Ngorongoro in Africa.
The Sierra Negra Volcanic Crater
The path leads along the edge of the crater, from which one has a breathtaking view over the entire crater. The crater is about 100 meters deep and is a plain of black lava rock surrounded by green slopes. The size of the crater is difficult to convey, as it looks like a curved mountain range in the pictures. Only in Google Maps and on the panorama can you see that it is a closed huge crater. Inside the crater you can easily see the different old lava fields.
The Chico Volcano
The path then took us further over the rugged crater landscape of the chico volcano, which could well rival the lunar surface. The further you went, the drier and stony the landscape became. Only a few large cacti can be found here. Everywhere you can see volcanic formations such as lava tunnels as well as bizarrely grown boulders.
At the end of the “One Way” hiking trail, you reach a plateau on the Chico volcano, where you get a great view over the island and the many cold lava fields. Here we also took a short break for our little lunch.
On the way back, unlike the way out, we were unfortunately not lucky: it was raining and raining. Luckily we had our ponchos with us. After five hours we arrived at our starting point rather soaked and took the bus back to the village.
All travelogues from Ecuador & Galapagos-IslandOur 10 days on the Galapagos Islands are definitely one of the highlights of our world tour. We enjoyed the magnificent Nataur and the fascinating animal world incredibly well. No matter if San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabella, Floreana or North Seymour - every island is completely unique and there is always something new to discover.
Guayaquil: The Iguanas in the Park Seminario (Ecuador)
San Cristobal Island: Entry & Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (Galapagos Islands)
San Cristobal Island: Snorkeling at Kicker Rock (Galapagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora & the Giant Turtles (Galapagos Islands)
Floreana Island: Giant Tortoise & Beach Playa Negra (Galapagos Islands)
North Seymour Island: Day Trip to North Seymour Island (Galapagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & the Flamingos (Galapagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Transfer to Isabella (Galapagos Islands)
Isabella Island: The volcanic landscape of Sierra Negra (Galapagos Islands)
Isabella Island: Isla Tintorera & Snorkeling with Sea Lions (Galapagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Island: Snorkeling in Los Tuneles (Galapagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Island: Iguanas & Baby Sharks in Tortuga Bay (Galapagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Island: Diving at The Gordon Rocks (Galapagos Islands)
Quito: Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo Spots (Ecuador)