Trip Style
7 Hours
Isabela Island
Trip Type



Sierra Negra Galapagos Trekking Tour in Isabela Island!


  • Sierra Negra Volcano is 1124 mt. above sea level.
  • 6-mile diameter that makes it the second biggest crater on earth.
  • Sierra Negra Volcano crater is 300 feet deep.
  • One of the best hike routes in Galapagos.

  • Every day
  • Meeting Point
  • Meeting Point
  • 7:30 AM
  • 6 – 7 Hours Approximately
  • Water, light clothing, waterproof jackets, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, water shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.
INCLUDED Bilingual Professional Guide.
Transportation to hiking area
 Box Lunch porvision
NOT INCLUDED Pick up/ drop off at hotel.
Tips & Gratuities (optional).

Description Tour: Sierra Negra Galapagos | Trekking Tour

Get ready for Sierra Negra Volcano hike (wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes and a light rain jacket). Make sure your camera is stored in waterproof bags, wear some sunscreen, bring enough water, and a hat. The meeting point will be Hotel San Vicente, located at a central point in Puerto Villamil. Be there at 8am to have enough time to prepare your box lunch at the hotel with the foodstuff of your choice.

After a 40-minute drive from Puerto Villamil through some barren lava flows and endemic vegetation, you will arrive to starting point for the hike.

The hike is long in terms of distance, but not very difficult as the slopes are quite gradual. The first hour the trail goes uphill on a relatively gentle slope through some lush fern-covered trees. Once you get to the edge of the rim you can catch sight of the 6 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep caldera. Sierra Negra Volcano has the second largest crater in the world. The hike then continues for the next hour along the rim of the caldera as you will witness the vegetation get drier and drier as you advance.

You will then reach Volcan Chico, a collection of small craters which erupted during the 1970´s where you can see fumaroles and an impressive volcanic landscape. This area also provides a spectacular view of Elizabeth Bay across Isabela. You will have time to enjoy your box lunch under the shade of a large tree known as Jaboncillo before reaching Volcan Chico. Return time to San Vicente Hotel – Puerto Villamil is programmed around 3 pm.

Important notes

  • In order to fulfill this tour, you must be at Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil) one day prior to departure.
  • Due to recent increase in volcanic activity near Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island, certain areas of Volcan Sierra Negra have been declared off limits to visitors. Since Janaury 17, 2018, the hiking area known as Volcan Chico, has been closed for hiking. The trail may be re-opened at any time, or other areas may be restricted, depending on seismic activity. For now, our hiking tour will reach up to Elizabeth Bay viewpoint, but the regular hike in Volcan Chico will be omitted
  • There is an option to ride a horse for an additional cost, if interested please let us know beforehand. However, horse rides only reach till Jaboncillo.

What to Expect:

Location: South eastern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos. 40-minute drive from Puerto Villamil
Wildlife & Vegetation: Mostly endemic vegetation and birds. The geology of the Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico volcanoes.
Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous. Long hike. Uneven terrain and rocks, prolonged gradual inclined trails that can be alternatively very wet & slippery or dry and dusty.
Activities: Long hike, landscape viewing.

Sierra Negra Galapagos

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