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“Amazing views, great hike -- need good hiking boots!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sierra Negra
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“Amazing views, great hike -- need good hiking boots!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We hiked up the Sierra Negra volcano and on to the Chica Volcano with an REI Adventure tour. We started in the cool mist, with a somewhat muddy trail, but eventually came out into the sunshine, where the path dried out. The end of the trail and path to Chica is all hard, new lava, so really good soles on your hiking boots or shoes is a must. No sandals or flips if you want to keep your toes.

It took us about 4 1/2 hours to hike up and down, so it isn't something you can see in just an hour. Be prepared for changing conditions, too.

The views are wonderful, and on a clear day you can see forever.

Visited July 2013
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“Fast paced long hike”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Be prepared for a fast paced 9 -10 mile hike if you do Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanos. I consider my husband and I to be in good shape, but we could not keep up with the guide. There was an older couple who before we were halfway done choose not to go the rest of the way. There were parts there were extremely muddy, so wear clothing that you don't mind getting covered in mud. It was very interesting and there were great views from Volcano Chico. It was too rainy for us to see any of the views of Volcano Sierra Negra.

Visited June 2013
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“Sierra Negra & Volcon Chico”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

Sierra Negra is an excellent day out, we done it during a stay on Isabella Island, we booked the tour through our hostel (Caleta Iguana) unfortunately I didn’t find out the name of the tour company, we paid $35 per person for the tour, this included a packed lunch, the tour also had an English and Spanish speaking guide who conducted the tour very well

Sierra Negra rises to an altitude of 1,124 metres, thankfully you don’t have to climb that much, we got transported to an area near the top by bus, from the area we got dropped off at it was about a 45 minute walk to the top, the walk up to the top was easy enough, people walk up there every day so the path was quite good, there was a mix of all ages in our group, youngest in their 20’s, oldest in their 50’s

Further north at the top of Sierra Negra there was also another trail to walk where we could visit another volcano, this one is called Volcano Chico, this volcano is at an altitude of approximately 860 metres

The vegetation around the top of Sierra Negra was very green, plenty of plants and trees growing, as you walk towards Volcano Chico the landscape changed very quickly from green to lava rocks and the remains of where the lava rivers had once flowed in the past, it was very interesting to see all the different formations the lava had created

In total to walk up and see the 2 different volcano’s, stop for lunch for half an hour and walk back to the drop off point it took us just under 5 hours 45 minutes, we were lucky with weather the day we walked up, it was sunny and clear, excellent views from the top, it was a really good day out and well worth doing

Visited June 2013
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Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada
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“Long Hike but worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We went as part of a tour group (SharkSky out of San Cristobal Island) and it was definitely a long day. The trail is very long (about 5-6 hours to complete) but not difficult. The only "tough" part is the beginning where you walk up to the actual crater for about 20-30 minutes uphill. The crater is huge and amazing to see. Then you walk around the edge of the crater (trail was pretty overgrown, but pretty flat) which is honestly kind of long and a bit boring but then you hit the Chico volcano area where you actually walk on the lava formations.
Wear good boots or shoes and wear lots of sunscreen and reapply often. It was very hot when we did it and we all got burnt even with the sunscreen. Also make sure to bring a snack and lots of water.

Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

We loved this hike. It was interesting and a very cool experience to see an active volcano. Although it was a very long walk, it's not particularly strenuous if you are a hiker. Most of the trail is flat. Being from Colorado, I would compare this to a long day hike in the mountains, except with better weather and way more oxygen. After the hike, we went to Campo Duro for lunch in the Highlands, which was great! It's a beautiful place and they have a land tortoise refuge.

It took us 4 1/2 hours round trip with breaks to complete the hike to Vulcan Chico. The caldera is cool and the extra hike to Vulcan Chico to see the recent lava fields is worth it. The one warning I have though is that once you get to Vulcan Chico, there are a lot of loose rocks and its hilly, so be sure to bring good shoes. If you are considering doing this hike but are unsure because of the activity level - I think it'd be good to consider whether you would normally be comfortable walking 6-12 miles on a normal day with some hills. The elevation gain is considerably minimal, but it's a long hike.
Also - our guide did tell us older people tended to struggle with this though.

Overall, we really enjoyed it and I recommend at least making it to the caldera if you can do it!

Visited May 2013
3 Thank Ann R
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