CONCHA Y PERLA
Right in town, a small trail off the side of El Embarcadero a short walk through the mangroves takes you to a shallow bay perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Snorkeling through the bay, it’s common to find schools of fish, playful sea lions, and the occasional Galapagos Penguin. Come here on a hot day; you will discover the perfect way to cool off! No guide is needed.
The place is another worldly appearance, almost like being on the moon. The stark black and grey walk much of which is devoid of any plant life. The lava is covered with hundreds of marine iguanas that blend perfectly with the landscape, providing them with near-perfect camouflage. The pathway overlooks where a fissure on the lava flow has created a small pool where white-tip reef sharks come to nap.
It is a remote site, which most people in the islands don’t even know exists.
The Captain, in a feat of navigational excellence, maneuvers the boat into crystal clear, tranquil pools, an enchanting place, unlike anywhere you have ever been. It’s one of the few places in the Galapagos where you can swim with both tropical fish and penguins, but there is much more here...
On the route to Muro de las Lágrimas, you will discover secluded beaches, natural pools, lava tunnels, and the cemetery for the island’s first inhabitants. A fabulous destination for bird lovers, the best area in Galapagos to find migratory birds. It’s possible to encounter small 5-year-old to 25-year-old giant tortoises in the wild when following the trail. No guide needed.
One of the active volcanoes of Isabela, with a 10km in diameter crater, is one of the largest in the world; steaming fumaroles, different species of finches, and plant life make the 6-hour walk interesting. To the north of Sierra Negra is the recently erupted parasitic cone of Volcan Chico.
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Tours range in prices, depending on seasons and activities Min $40-120