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.
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.
Sun Protection & Glases
Water min. 2 liters per person
Good walking shoes
Light rain jacket
Hiking poles (optional)