Each include one of the following programmes, depending on the weekday:
After an early breakfast, set out to explore Isabela Island. Depending on the day and availability, guests will take part in one of these full-day features:
Sierra Negra Volcano: Walk along the rim of Galapagos’ largest caldera – one of the largest in the world – and see recent volcanic activity (the last eruption was in 2005) and the resulting fascinating formations. A light snack will be provided along the way while lunch is served back at the lodge. Wildlife focuses on the Darwin finches, flycatchers, mockingbirds, and occasionally the Galapagos hawk and rail. Stroll along the beach at Puerto Villamil or rest in the afternoon.
Tintoreras Islets: After breakfast, we drive down to the wharf of Puerto Villamil and board the bay cruiser to explore the maze of reefs and islets off the shores of Isabela. The visit includes a dry landing and a short walk over volcanic terrain (730 m/0.5 mi total distance). Wildlife here includes boobies, herons, penguins, marine iguanas and the white tipped reef sharks in the nearby lava crevasses. Bring your bathing suit to make the most of crystalline waters, beckoning you to snorkel in the shallow reefs. Lunch at Scalesia and later in the day, we explore the wetlands of coastal Isabela. Sunsets at Puerto Villamil are spectacular!
Wall of Tears: A rare combination of human and natural history. A majestic coastal trail combines two segments: a first part of mangroves and brackish lagoons (1.3 km/0.8 mi) and the arid Palo Santo forest until we reach the Wall of Tears (an additional 2.2 km/1.4 mi each way). This trail is mostly a flat dirt road (pedestrian and bikes only). Wildlife include coastal Darwin finches, doves, stilts, ducks, flamingos, herons and giant tortoises.
Afternoons include the enchanting sunsets from the beach of Puerto Villamil. Dinner and overnight at Scalesia Lodge.