Sulphur Mines

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

2 reviews
Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 16
Sulphur Mines
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

2 reviews

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

Short trip to the Sulphur Mines

We pick you up at your hotel to have a great day on the Sierra Negra.  The ride will take us through the highlands of Isabela up to the Sierra  Negra and along the street, the miners used years ago with their horses.  After around 40 minutes, we arrive right at the rim of the Sierra Negra  Volcano. A stunning view is awaiting you from the most Southern to the most Northern point of Isabela. From here on our hike of 2 hours begins into the caldera. Along the way, our guide will take time to explain to you everything you see and would like to know about the Volcano as well as the archipelago. With a little bit of time, you will notice how the environment around you changes from green shrubs and bushes to the dark lava rocks and to more whitish sediment – the sulphur.

Equipped with a breathing mask to keep you safe, you will discover one of the more intense volcanic activities happening on the Sierra  Negra. Take your time to explore the area and learn how a reddish liquid turns in a steaming yellow stone or how people used to life on the island before tourism was the main source of income. Before returning to the pick-up and drop-off spot, we enjoy lunch together and once again hike back through the caldera.

There are three starting times per day, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30. The national park requires a pre-registration of min. 1 day.

Horseback riding, hiking or biking to the sulphur mines

The long trail offers you an additional experience by horse, bike or a  more extensive hike. It is best suited for people who are looking for a  more adventurous trip. Contrary to the short route, the ride with the pick-up truck will only take 20 minutes from Puerto Villamil to the  Sierra Negra checkpoint. At this place, we will saddle the horse or bike and make our way to the caldera. On average, it is a hike or ride of 2  hours to the rim of the volcano. By bike, you can expect 45 minutes.  Since the pick-up trucks from the short tour are not allowed to leave,  you can expect a traffic-free and calm road.

From the rim on, you discover everything the short tour offers as well. However, nothing compares to the light breeze on your face on a horse or bike after a wonderful day on the volcano.

The long path can be extended with a camping trip on the Sierra Negra with an unforgettable night sky.

Packing List

Sun Protection & Glases 

Water min. 2 liters per person

Good walking shoes 

Light rain jacket 


Hiking poles (optional) 

What’s included

  • Naturalist Guide
  • Transportation
  • Snacks & Refreshments
  • Copy of photos

Available Packages

Short trip to the sulphur mines
Long trip to the sulphur mines (hiking)
Horseback riding

Private Tour Price for up to 4 Persons


Your Organizer

Agora Tours Isabela
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What a great experience! We found a fur seal that was swimming with us while we kayaked. So fun to be so close to nature! The guide was great and knowledgeable!
By shannon h for Las Tintoreras by Kayak on 10 Jan, 2023
Thank you so much Shannon. Happy to hear you all had a great time. Best wishes Agora!
By Agora Tours Isabela on 10 Jan, 2023
I normally am not one to leave a review but Agora did such an amazing job that I wanted to share our experience. Carlos was the friendliest person and made both our trip to Las Tintoreras and renting bikes to visit the wall of tears a seamless and enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend Agora tours for any of your day trips on Isabela!
By Amanda S for Las Tintoreras by Kayak on 20 Oct, 2022
Thank you so much Amanda! We wish only the best for you and your family.
By Agora Tours Isabela on 20 Oct, 2022