Isla Isabella is a three hour boat ride from Isla Santa Cruz and it’s the largest island in the archipelago, being composed of five separate volcanoes.
The town on Isabella is a sleepy beach town with a main street running along the beach. The rest of the town appears to be under either perpetual construction or destruction.
We didn’t have a reservation when we arrived so we asked our taxi driver to give us some recommendations. The first place we went to looked like a bomb had hit it and cost $40/night, so we decided to keep looking. We ended up at a lovely place named after - and run by - an even lovelier woman, Gardenia.
We spent our first full day on the island snorkeling at La Concha de Perla, a small lagoon just off the docks. The next day we went on a five hour scorcher of a hike around a volcano and spent the rest of the evening reading and watching the sun set over the ocean.
Overall Isabella was a pretty quiet island for us. We thoroughly explored the small town and its many restaurants and didn’t eat anywhere that really blew our minds other than the dinner Gardenia made for us. Given the remoteness of Isabella it seems if you want good food you may have to be part of a tour or be willing to shell out the cash.
On that note there aren’t any ATMs on the island that we saw so make sure to bring plenty of cash.
My favorite island was Isabella–it’s isolated and is constructed of 5 volcanos. It is easy to see incredible sea life with just a pair of flippers and some goggles and you are surrounded by unique land creatures.
Use momondo to book flights from/to SCY, which is not found on chipmunk.
Isabella -> Santa Cruz at 6am is $25.
|Blue House Suite on Santa Cruz||$50/double||Jan 6||Yes + $18 cab +593 052-527-378|
|Casa Mabell on San Cristobal||$40/double||Jan 6||Yes + $30 water taxi/person|
|Hostal Leon Dormido on San Cristobal||$40/double||Jan 6||Yes + $30 water taxi/person|
|Galapagos Twins||$115.90/queen bed||Jan 6||Yes|
|La Fortaleza||$80/double||Jan 6||Yes|
|Galapagos Hotel Fiesta||$100/double||Jan 7 one night||Yes|
|Galapagos Safari Camp||$500/double||Unknown||Fuck it|
|Hotel Galapagos Inn||$90/double||Unknown||No|
|Red Mangrove||Unknown||Unknown||Called, no response|
Once you arrive in GPS, you will take a bus, then cross the canal, then take another bus that will bring you to the port/pier where the boats are, you can buy your tickets there. You basically follow the crowd (Galapagos style). Yeah, the room you were inquiring about got taken today. But we have this one available https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2051589 (spacious one bedroom apartment) it’s only $10 more than the other one, but it’s twice as big. with new tile. You will have Free wi fi, cable tv, private bathroom with hot shower, ample closet space. We are located one block and a half away from the pier where you will be arriving from Santa Cruz.
3.5 X 6 meters with bed Quen Zize private bathroom hot water, hammocks in the corridor against nature attached photo for your approval the price is $ 115.90 dollars includes tax, breakfast daily in the restaurant, WIFI
The hostal is a short 9 minute walk from the airport and a 2 minute stroll from the main municipal dock if you are arriving in San Cristobal by boat. The pavements and streets are well maintained if you are rolling your luggage instead of carrying it. Another option is to take a taxi that should cost you no more than $1.00.
If you are coming from the airport follow the only road the leads out of the facility. Turn left when you reach Jose de Villamil (Barrio Los Cactus Parque is on the right hand side). Hostal Leon Dormido is two blocks down on the left hand side, right before the waterfront.
To reach the hostal from the municipal dock, take a right when stepping off the dock and walk 2 minutes along the waterfront, turning left on Jose de Villamil. It will be on your right hand side.
These are all of the dive spots in the Galapagos Islands.
|1:25PM||At the ticket booth waiting for instructions.|
|1:36PM||At agriculture inspections.|
|1:54PM||Still waiting for our boat.|
|2:01PM||On a taxi boat.|
|2:16PM||On board with captain Gaby.|
|4:42PM||Transferred to a taxi boat.|
|4:57PM||Paid $5 entrance tax to the island.|
|5:05PM||In a taxi for $1/person. Adolfo. 099 415 0865.|
We’re staying here while we’re on Isla Isabella. Only $30/night!
Sand flies all over and tiny portions that left us starving. Ended up getting a street meat chicken skewer shortly after that was mostly bone and tasted disgusting.
Decent brownies for $2. Also had a chicken enchilada for $6 that was just ok - it only had chicken, tomato sauce, and some cheese on top.
Loved these sea lions that had taken over the benches near the port of Isla Isabella.
These guys were blocking the path to a lagoon right by the docks. They were harmless though and hardly cared if you walked over/around/on top of (I kid!) them.
We went snorkelling today in a small lagoon by the dock. Saw a manta ray and tons of fish.
We’re not sure what this fish was but it looked pretty strange.
The sea lions weren’t afraid to jump in to boats and cover the docks as they lounged around.
Apparently this spot is where all of the flamingos hang out, but they’ve sadly migrated away.
Gardenia made us an absolutely delicious dinner at home! We started with some delicious homemade soup and garlic bread. The main course was a huge slice of fish that was perfectly seasoned. We devoured our plates and were quite content afterwards. Gardenia even joined us for dinner which was really nice!
|7:42AM||Heading over to Hotel San Vicente.|
|8:04AM||In a cab truck.|
|8:35AM||Arrived at the trail.|
|8:45AM||And we’re off.|
|9:47AM||On to the next one.|
|11:20AM||Eating our sandwiches at the end of the trail.|
|1:44PM||Back at the trail head.|
Our hike/run through these volcanoes was filled with gorgeous views of the island and the massive crater created by one of the world’s largest volcanoes.
We sadly didn’t learn much about the geology of the volcanoes because our guide insisted on running along the entire trail, often spreading the group thin along the trail. On the way back I thought this kinda worked in our favor because we were able to get lost finding our way. Apparently this was pretty dangerous because of the number of massive hollow caverns created by the flowing lava. Thankfully we didn’t find any!
This was near the end of the trail.
Stumbled upon this on a walk to the beach!
Pretty decent almuerzo. Really good home-made hot sauce.
Just ok almuerzo.
It’s crazy to think that, assuming this guy lives to its maximum lifespan, there will be an entirely new set of humans around by the time it passes away.
For our last day on Isla Isabella we decided to take it easy and go visit the tortoise breeding centre about a kilometre out of town. We strolled twenty minutes along the road under the scorching sun and were hella happy to arrive at the abundant shade of the complex.
Decent burger and good cena plate.
|5:31AM||In the cab to the docks.|
|5:38AM||At agriculture inspections.|
|5:59AM||On a taxi boat.|
|6:10AM||On board the Neptuno.|
|8:16AM||Transferred to a taxi boat.|
|8:19AM||Waiting for bags.|
|8:29AM||Unloaded at San Cristobal.|
|1:28PM||On our way to the docks.|
|2:04PM||On a taxi boat.|
|2:09PM||On our way to San Cristobal!|