Snorkeling and trekking on Isabela Island – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island was my favorite island in the Galapagos. Less touristy than Santa Cruz, much more chilled, and I dare to say, more beautiful.

We went from sunbathing to trekking in the same afternoon, and I had my first snorkeling experience there. If we ever go back to the Galapagos Islands, Isabela will be my first choice.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Isabela Beach 

Spending time at our hotel’s beach was one of the best moments of the day, especially in the morning when we were the only ones there.

What do you normally do on a beach? You sunbathe right? Well, here you can do that, and admire the wildlife. No biggie. There were just some penguins playing in the water at one point, colorful crabs hiding in the sand, iguanas sunbathing etc.

I didn’t think of the Galapagos as a beach destination at all. I thought we would do some tours to see the unique species. But no, besides the beach here, Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island was just as enchanting.

We also loved the chilled atmosphere in the village which is miles away from the very touristy and loud, Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

Exploring Galapagos Islands with Andes Fashion, Ecuador.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Isabel Island beach in the Galpagos Islands.

Snorkeling on Isabela Island – The Tintoreras Tour

The Tintoreras tour with Red Mangrove Hotel was unforgettable. I had my first snorkeling experience which was epic. The first moment in the water was weird, not knowing how to breathe through the mask, and feeling like I was losing control. But my God, once I got the hang of it and let go, it was amazing. Looking into the water seeing fish, marine turtles, and just a few of those, what are they called? Ahh, sharks :).

I’m so happy I did this. I’m 32 and it is only now that I’m really experiencing things. Being the control freak that I am means I have avoided situations that required me to let go because of my fears. And although it’s still hard to let go, the feeling of freedom that takes over you once you do it, it’s priceless.

 

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Tintoreras tour on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

 

Trekking on Isabela Isalnd – The Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano

We started the day by the beach, and after a few hours, we left for our first trek in the Galapagos Islands.

In less than an hour, we experienced a massive change of scenery; from the blue clear water view to lava rocks, and the second biggest caldera in the world, Siera Negra. Our next stop, Volcano Chico equally amazed us with surreal views over Isabela Island. We felt like we were walking on a different planet, and we were quite fascinated by it.

The tour started at around 7am when we were picked up at the hotel and driven to the entrance of the National Park. From there we started our 16km return trek. My easiest experience of the kind – normally I get tired and with knee pain.

The first hour was fairly easy as we went through thick vegetation – guanabana trees mostly – whilst getting to know some of our trekking companions. The first view of the Caldera, although foggy, was quite impressive. We had a much better and clearer view on our way back, though.

Continuing our walk, the vegetation was less present, being substituted by lava rocks and some cactuses. Very soon, we were arriving at Volcan Chico, where a surreal view was awaiting.

On our way back the sky had cleared given us the opportunity to see the impressive caldera. Along with a group of 15 photographers and more tours coming. Maybe not the ideal situation for taking pictures, but good enough for a great visual experience.

We took about 5h altogether with two breaks and the transportation to and from the hotel, which is great because it allowed us to walk during the less harsh hours of the day.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

Trekking on Isabela Island.

 

How and where to

How to get to Isabela Island: We took a boat from Santa Cruz Island which was not a smooth ride. Prepare a plastic bag, is all I can say. The price was $30.

Where to stay: We stayed at La Casa de Marita which is ideally situated by the beach. There were a few days when we went to the beach quite early, and we were the only ones there. Ohh, and the iguanas :). Best feeling in the world!

Which agency to use: We took both the volcano trek and the Tintoreras tour with the same company, Red Mangrove Hotel, and we were very happy with their services.

The Volcanos trek: They give you a pack containing a sandwich, a banana, a fruit juice, some biscuits, and chocolate. Bring water, SPF, and a hat with you.

The Tintoreras tour: They give you the equipment, water, and some snacks. Don’t forget your SPF.

 

This post is in collaboration with La Casa de Marita.

Wearing Andes Fashion and Dominga.

Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

23 Responses
  • Andrea
    July 31, 2016

    What beautiful photos!!! I’ve always dreamed about going to the Galapagos and this didn’t do anything to dampen those dreams :) Love your theme too, very pretty!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks a lot, Andrea :).

  • kittylimon
    August 1, 2016

    this blog absolutely reinstated my desire to visit the Galapagos and now I know where to go and what to do thankyou :)

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      You’re welcome Kitty :)

  • Rebecca Kelly
    August 1, 2016

    You are such a good photographer – all the pictures are amazing.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      I wish I could take the compliment, but all photography is done by Bertrand :).

  • Saranda
    August 1, 2016

    Wow, I am stunned by your gorgeous photography! Loved it! I had the same thing at first when I went snorkelling but it’s so amazing to see the under water world!
    I hope that one day I will be able to let go enough to try out deep-sea diving! :)

    For now I will put the Galapagos on my travel list ;)

    xo

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you, Saranda. I might have to wait longer before I try deep-sea diving. Baby steps :). Thanks for your visit.

  • Rosie Romance
    August 1, 2016

    Your photos are really beautiful – Isabela Island looks stunning! And did I read that there were penguins on the beach?! I’d have to steal one and bring it home with me, I love them so much.

    Rosie | http://www.rosieromance.com

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Yes, there were Rose. I love them too, they are too cute :).

  • Tshegofatso
    August 1, 2016

    Snorkeling seems like such a wonderful experience, definitely on my bucket list.

    Sempiternal Adventures

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      I can confirm it :). Thanks for visiting!

  • Jasmin N
    August 1, 2016

    That place seems so wonderful! WOW!

    <3: Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      :)

  • Rose Sahetapy
    August 1, 2016

    You inspired me to do snorkling as I’m a bit scare to do that. Your photos are amazing, and your post full with valuable information. I keep this for the future reference.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks a lot for your comment Rose :).

  • Tinga
    August 2, 2016

    So much travel envy 😍 The photos are amazing!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      Thanks, Tinga :).

  • goldfish jones
    August 2, 2016

    this place looks very pleasant sign me up! lol wow

  • atunitsirc2014
    August 7, 2016

    You’re funny!

  • Genevieve
    October 6, 2016

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?

    Excellent work!

    • Hidden Gems
      October 12, 2016

      Hi Genevieve. Thanks :). No, I didn’t hire a developer, I just found a great theme :). Thanks for visiting.

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