Apr 19, 2017 - National Geographic Islander
Isabela Island is made up of five and a half volcanos with most of them still active. In the morning we set out for a hike at a place called Urbina Bay. Black sand where sea turtles nest is our landing place. We put our shoes on and we were ready to follow a loop trail heading inland and along the shore.
The trail of Urbina is lush green which makes a good place for many different species of land birds like finches, mockingbirds and others in addition to all the sea birds that also frequent the area like pelicans and boobies, etc.
At this time of the year it is common to encounter the large Giant tortoises from Alcedo Volcano that migrate down the hill to lay eggs while the males migrate to find mates because the rains increase vegetation in the area.
Some resident reptiles are the lava lizards and the large and beautiful land iguanas. Here the iguanas live and nest year round.
A long hike covers an area with coral high left high and dry by uplifting during some intense volcanic activity in 1954. Since then the area that was once was the bottom of ocean has adapted and now has vegetation. Later we take a nice refreshing dip in the water, which completes the morning.
The afternoon finds us at the hill of Tagus cove where we set off for different activities, like kayaking, snorkeling, Zodiac rides and more to appreciate the beauty of everything the Island offers.
Sea birds like cormorants and penguins, as well as turtles are all common sights around here.