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Isabela Island is paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Experience the natural wonders of Isabela Island, Galápagos. From impressive volcanoes to pristine beaches, it's a paradise for explorers and nature enthusiasts.

The centre of the Galapagos, Isabela Island's rugged terrain was formed from the amalgamation of six shield volcanoes, each with its unique character and activity status. Isabela is one of the most volcanically active islands, with eruptions recorded in recent history, making it a geological marvel. You can climb these towering volcanoes, including Sierra Negra, one of the most active in the region. Hiking to the rim of Sierra Negra offers breathtaking panoramic views of the caldera, an absolute must for intrepid travellers.

Isabela is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies are just a few of the species you'll encounter here. Visit Flamingo Lagoon to see flamingos flocking or for those passionate about marine life, snorkelling and diving opportunities abound. Crystal-clear waters teem with colourful fish, sea lions, and even the elusive hammerhead sharks.

One highlight of Isabela Island is the Tintoreras Islets, a haven for Galápagos penguins and white-tip reef sharks. A guided tour here allows visitors to explore lava formations and marvel at the incredible biodiversity that calls these waters home.

Lovers of pristine beaches will find their haven on Isabela. Playa del Amor and Playa de los Perros are postcard-perfect spots for relaxation and soaking up the equatorial sun. These unspoiled stretches of sand are often devoid of crowds, making them ideal for serene beachcombing.

The town of Puerto Villamil, the largest settlement on the island, offers a taste of local culture and delicious seafood. Stroll along its charming waterfront promenade and indulge in freshly caught fish while mingling with friendly locals. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre to see all the species of Galapagos Tortoise and learn about the efforts being made to help conserve and grow their populations.

Isabela Island's history, geological wonders, and unique biodiversity make it a must-visit destination in the Galápagos.

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