Albermarle Island Isla Isabela
Isla Isabela is the largest island in the Galápagos, covering 4588sq.km/2844sq.mi. The island is comprised of six volcanoes which have merged to form one island. It is also home to the Volcán Wolf, which at 1707m/5598ft is the highest point in the Galápagos.There are several visitor sites on the island, as well as accommodation for visitors.
Near the center of the western shore on Isla Isabela is Urbina Bay. There is a landing site on a beach, from which there is a short trail. The area was formed by an uplift from the sea in 1954. A coral reef can now be seen above the water level. Wildlife here is similar to the rest of the western shore, with pelicans, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, as well as turtles and rays.
Volcán Santo Tomás (Volcán Sierra Negra)
Northwest of Puerto Villamil is the 1490m/4487ft Volcán Santo Tomás. A rough road leads from Puerto Villamil to a small village at the base of the volcano. From the village it's possible to rent a horse or hike another 9km/5.5mi to the rim of the 10km/6mi wide caldera. Common to this area are Galápagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches and flycatchers.
There are no visitor sites at Elizabeth Bay. Just off shore are the small islets of Islas Mariela. Penguins, marine turtles, marine iguanas, as well as various seabirds and shorebirds can be seen in this area.
Punta Albemarle is an area at the northern tip of Isla Isabela. There are no landing sites here but it is possible to see flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins in this area.
Near the Volcán Alcedo landing site is Punta García. There is a landing site here as well but no trails. The flightless cormorant, endemic to the Galápagos, can sometimes be seen here.
Punta Moreno has a dry landing at a lava flow, from which there is a short trail. Wildlife in the area includes flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.
Punta Tortuga, at the base of Volcán Darwin, has a visitor landing site where there is a beach and mangroves. It is possible to see mangrove finches here which are only found on Isabela and Fernandina.
Tagus Cove, just south of Punta Tortuga, has a dry landing site. A trail leads to a saltwater lagoon and onto the lava fields of Volcán Darwin. there are a variety of birds in this area including the Galápagos penguin and flightless cormorant.
Volcán Alcedo, at 1128m/3700ft, is one of the main visitor sites on Isla Isabela. The volcano has a 7km/4.3mi wide caldera where large groups of tortoises can usually be seen.
Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Ecuador
Puerto Villamil is a small port village on Isla Isabela. There is little to see in the town but it is possible to hire a guide from here.
Villamil Lagoon is a visitor site just east of Puerto Villamil. The area is frequented by over 20 species of migrant birds.
Wall of Tears
Muro de las Lágrimas, west of Puerto Villamil, is a wall built by convicts.
Punta Vicente Roca
Punta Vicente Roca is a popular snorkeling area near the base of Volcán Ecuador in the northwest corner of the island. There is no landing site here.