“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!!