Isabela Island Galapagos

About 1000 km from the coast of Ecuador, one will find the group of islands known as the Galapagos Islands. This archipelago consists of 13 islands formed by volcanic activity. The largest of these islands is Isabela, which is also the youngest at approximately 1 million years old. With a shape similar to a seahorse, the northern part of Isabela lies across the equator. The island was formed from six volcanoes, with five of the volcanoes still active and two of them situated on the equator itself.

Isabela, which was discovered by Christopher Columbus, was named for Queen Isabela, who funded his voyages. Because of the bays and high cliffs, pirates and buccaneers found this island a perfect place to hide. Today, this island is accessible by both plane and cruise ship. 

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Due to the location of Isabela Island Galapagos, the weather is controlled by the wind and ocean currents near the island. June through December is known as the dry season, with short mid-day showers but usually clear skies. During this time, the colder ocean currents run closer to the island and the land animals and sea mammals are at their most active. December through May is the warm season, which finds the island with more rain and clouds. The ocean currents become warmer close to the island, which makes the water perfect for snorkeling and swimming. In addition, the birds on Isabel are at their most active at this time.

Many people know about Charles Darwin’s connection to the Galapagos Islands. He developed the theory of natural selection, based on the many different types of plants and animals he found there. The most well known and most visited area is that where the Galapagos Tortoises live. On Isabela Island, they prefer to live in the calderas of the various volcanoes. Those wishing to view other animals on this island will not be disappointed. In addition to the famous tortoises, animals such as marine and land iguanas can be found on this island.

Those whose main interest is birding will also enjoy a visit to Isabela Island. Among the birds they may see are the Galapagos Penguins, as well as flightless cormorants, blue footed boobies and pelicans in the various bay areas. Most of these can be found along the coast of Isabela. Other birds found on the island include the Galapagos Hawks, brown pelicans, and pink flamingos.

For those visiting Isabela Island for swimming and diving activities, they too will have a wonderful experience. They will be able to view Galapagos penguins, whales, dolphins and marine turtles swimming off the coast of this amazing island. At times, it is even possible to swim along with the penguins.

When traveling to the Galapagos Islands, either by cruise ship or plane, the visitor should definitely schedule a large block of time to spend on Isabela Island. They will need this extra time to allow them to view all these unique sites, along with the other flora and fauna that makes Isabela Island one of the most beautiful islands of the archipelago.

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