The Galápagos Islands Sights

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Bahía Tortuga

  • Beach–Sight

Bahía Tortuga, 3 km (2 miles) southwest of Puerto Ayora, has a long, white-sand beach where marine iguanas sometimes strut along the...


  • Cave

Near the small village of Bellavista you can explore amazing underground lava tubes. The mile-long tunnels, tall enough to walk through,...

Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Follow the main road east from Puerto Ayora to the expansive grounds of the Charles Darwin Research Station and its visitor center, which...

National Park Tortoise Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The unattended National Park Tortoise Reserve is one of the few places in the archipelago where you can view giant Galápagos turtles...

Puerto Villamil

  • Town/Village

Sleepy Puerto Villamil, founded in 1897 as a center for extracting lime, is the focus of Isabela's tourist trade—nearby are several...

Rancho Primicias

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Next to the national park is this privately-owned nature preserve where several dozen giant tortoises roam freely. If you're on a cruise...

San Cristóbal Interpretation Center

  • Information Center

A visitor center just outside Puerto Baquerizo Moreno explains the natural processes that have made the Galápagos such a unique place,...

Santa Rosa

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The road to Santa Rosa, 13 km (8 miles) beyond Bellavista, is lined with giant elephant grass, avocado and papaya trees, and boughs of...

Santo Tomás

  • Town/Village

Isabela's other community is Santo Tomás, 18 km (11 miles) northwest of Puerto Villamil. ...

Volcán Alcedo

  • Volcano

A more ambitious trek, requiring adequate planning and equipment, is 1,100-meter (3,600-foot) Volcán Alcedo. The site can be reached...