Isabela Island – Galápagos Islands – Island Talk Tuesday

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About Isabela Island

Isabela Island is the largest of the Galápagos Islands, west of Ecuador which it is a part of. It lies almost directly over the equator. Even though it is not the most populated of all the Galápagos,  it is commonly visited by tourists.

How Do I Get There?

Getting to the Galápagos Islands, in general, is easiest and most possible by sea. Airplanes are rarely available. Options are to cruise or fly into the most populated island – Santa Cruz – from the mainland and get a connection from there. The best way to fly is by calling the local airline of the islands – EMETEBE (tel. 800/481-3163 in the U.S., or 05/2520-615).

What is There to Do?

isabela island photoPhoto by HBarrison

Two famous landmarks to see are the El Muro de las Lagrimas – a wall built by prisoners in the past. Flamingo Lagoon is where tourists come to see the beautiful pink mammals. Sierra Negra is the world’ second largest crater. You can see it by walking or horse-trecking.  There are volcanoes you can walk by to visit on tours. Scuba-diving and snorkeling are popular at this island.

Climate and When to Come Visit

Peak season – “Hot” season – December to June – temperatures average in the 80’s with lots of sun

“Cooler” season – July to November – temperatures average in the 70’s

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