Sierra Negra, Isabela

  • Sierra Negra caldera  - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • Sierra Negra caldera with rolling mist - © Flickr User - Peri Apex
  • Cloud Forest - © William Mackesy
  • Hiking Sierra Negra volcano - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • Hiking Sierra Negra volcano - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Caldera rim in mist - © William Mackesy
  • Hiking Sierra Negra volcano - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • Hiking Sierra Negra volcano - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • Hiking Sierra Negra volcano - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • Lava tube - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt
  • Near the rim - © William Mackesy
  • The caldera is somewhere down there - © William Mackesy
  • Volcan Isabela - © Flickr User - GabeD

Key information: Sierra Negra, Isabela

  • The Sierra Negra in the south of Isabela is unmissable, a vast volcanic caldera full of black lava and sand but partly rimmed by cloud forest.
  • Carry on round to the dramatic Chico crater for superb views - and more certain ones.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating89
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest20
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating89
  • Note: Negs: Popularity.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 6 hrs
  • (2hrs+ to rim and back)
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,707 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Hiking Sierra Negra volcano - © Flickr User - jdegenhardt

WALK SUMMARY

The Sierra Negra in the south of Isabela is unmissable, a vast volcanic caldera full of black lava and sand but partly rimmed by cloud forest.

You will ascend through lush and beautiful cloud forest, grippingly different from most of the Galapagos, where you should encounter a delightful selection of bird life.

Arriving at the caldera rim can be astounding - or disappointing: frequently skimmed by thick fog, visibility can be poor.

Keener walkers would want to carry on round to the dramatic Chico crater on the north-west flank, where the weather is often clearer, to make a 6 hour walk (or so). (Note though that this extended walk is not available to those exploring by boat.)

The 3 km (or so) path from the roadhead to the rim (2 hrs or so return) manages to be heavily maintained (no doubt necessary but creating a whiff of the suburbs) yet in parts very muddy much of the time.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Galapagos Islands walk page.

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Cloud Forest - © William Mackesy

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Sierra Negra caldera with rolling mist - © Flickr User - Peri Apex...
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