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Hike Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico

Sierra Negra, Ecuador


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Added by Kyle Frost

This day tour explores the unique volcanic landscape of Isabela Island and the 2nd largest caldera in the world

I don't know what you think of when you think of the Galapagos, but giant volcanoes isn't one of the things that was in my head. This day tour (around $40-$60) will take you to the second largest caldera in the world, and then explore the lava fields of Sierra Negra.

You'll be picked up at your hostel/hotel in town in the morning, and the drive to the island's interior to start your hike. After a long upwards grade on a wide trail, you'll reach a lookout point on the caldera's rim. It is MASSIVE. Too big to fit in a single picture massive. After snapping a couple pictures and stopping for a snack, you'll continue off the rim, and descend towards Volcan Chico. You'll leave the more forested area and cross a huge lava field towards the more recently active area. You can see the remnants of lava waterfalls, lava rivers, and where there were actual eruptions. It's quite an incredible landscape, more reminiscent of Iceland than the Galapagos! 

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