Hiking a Galapagos Volcano

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“We’re almost there. 45 more minutes, ok?” I heard that a lot on our hike up Sierra Negra.

Sierra Negra is a huge active volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos.


I loved the hike. I really like walking and this was a good opportunity. But just one thing: it is a six hour walk.

That’s right: 3 hours up, 3 hours down. But wow, was it worth it!

Once we conquered the walk, we got to see the huge caldera. Wow, was that a sight! It was humongous!!

The naturalist guide said that the caldera was about 10 kilometers by 7 kilometers. I could see where the last eruption was… there was fresh black lava flows. COOL!!!!!!


If you ever hike sierra negra here’s a tip: keep going to el chico volcano. We saw so much more! We saw a lot of small, well relatively small, craters along the way. It was so neat, some had plants lining them, others were covered in sulfur. We also saw some collapsed lava tunnels, and felt heat coming from a lava tube.


We also saw some very pretty lava rocks. They looked like rainbows. They had gases in them from the volcano, I didn’t find any like them anywhere else on the island.

All in all, I loved hiking the volcano! Have you ever hiked a volcano, or done something out of this world? Please share it in the comments!

Happy travels to all!!

5 comments… add one

  • Big John Apr 23, 2013

    Hi Drew
    Must have been quite a hike I might have been able to do that 20 years ago but not now, so I am going to have to depend on you to give me these grand experiences
    Keep it up
    Love BJ

  • Nana Apr 23, 2013

    What an adventure! Drew, you took awesome pictures. Thanks for the blog.

  • Papa Apr 24, 2013

    Eres muy privilegiada. Which I think means: You are very priviledged.

  • Stewart Jul 4, 2013

    Dear Drew,

    I’m waiting at the Tababela airport for my 2 nieces and 1 nephew who flew with my brother to visit us in Ecuador. For them (kids) it’s their 1st visit to South America.

    Maybe they’ll share their impressions with your readers of sights we see in and around Quito in the next few days.

    Best to you and parents,

  • Dennis Fahey Jul 27, 2013

    Delightful post!

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