Early in the morning after breakfast, we will take a boat ride to a small lava formation known as Las TIntoreras. The area gets its name from the Galapagos Reef shark known as “tintorera” that monitors the shallow waters of this lava formation. Here you will not only will be able to see how these beautiful islands were formed by the different eruptions that have occurred, but you will also be able to see this peaceful shark swimming in the shallows. Around this area you can practice snorkeling and see some of the unique species of the Galapagos such as the sea lions, blue footed boobies, and perhaps some Galapagos penguins.
In the afternoon we will return to the Lodge and have lunch. Later in the afternoon we will visit the Humedales – small ponds that have been formed on the island that are surrounded by species like mangroves and other aquatic plants. These ponds are often visited by flamingos, and depending on the season you might be able to spot them feeding on the small crustaceans from the lagoon.
Isabela is home of one of the breeding centers of the Galapagos: here the giant tortoises are grown in captivity until they are old enough to be released into the wild. We will learn more about the conservation program and get an up-close look at the gentle giants that gave their name to the Archipelago.
We will continue our visit at the Muro de las Lagrimas (The Wall of Tears), a wall built by the inmates of Isabela that were forced to work during their exile on the Islands.
We will spend the night at the Lodge and enjoy a delicious dinner here.