Sierra Negra Volcano, Galapagos

The most impressive volcano in Galapagos

Sierra Negra Volcano, Galapagos
  • Biodiversity

  • Striking vistas

  • Difficulty

Overview

Sierra Negra is renowned as the most impressive volcano in the Galapagos. The crater is over 6 miles across and is the second largest in the world.

However, to visit the volcano is quite a logistical effort. The only way to get there is to start with a 45 minute drive from Villamil to a trailhead from where you can follow another 2 hours of trails up to and along part of the rim.

There's also the option to walk on quite recent lava flows, as the so-called parasitic cone of Volcan Chico last erupted in 1979 leaving large flows to cool to rock.

The journey is well worth the effort, as the views from the rim of Sierra Negra are simply stunning. You can see across the other volcanoes on Isabela and across to Fernandina.

Your expert Galapatours guide will explain in detail about the geological processes that shaped not only this part of Isabela, but of the whole Galapagos.

Photos of Sierra Negra Volcano

Highlights at Sierra Negra Volcano

  • One of the widest volcanic craters in the world
  • Stunning views from the crater rim

Possibile Activities on Sierra Negra Volcano

Hiking

Map of Sierra Negra Volcano

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All cruises to visit Sierra Negra Volcano Island

Sierra Negra is renowned as the most impressive volcano in the Galapagos. The crater is over 6 miles across and is the second largest in the world.

However, to visit the volcano is quite a logistical effort. The only way to get there is to start with a 45 minute drive from Villamil to a trailhead from where you can follow another 2 hours of trails up to and along part of the rim.

There's also the option to walk on quite recent lava flows, as the so-called parasitic cone of Volcan Chico last erupted in 1979 leaving large flows to cool to rock.

The journey is well worth the effort, as the views from the rim of Sierra Negra are simply stunning. You can see across the other volcanoes on Isabela and across to Fernandina.

Your expert Galapatours guide will explain in detail about the geological processes that shaped not only this part of Isabela, but of the whole Galapagos.

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