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“Interesting lunar adventure!”
Review of Sierra Negra

Sierra Negra
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5-Day All-Inclusive Galapagos: Isabela and Santa Cruz Island
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6-Day Galapagos Land Tour: Los Tuneles Program
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Most of the activities during our excellent cruise on Galapagos Legend consisted of very short excursions, basically animal watching, and I really enjoyed having a good leg stretch on this hike. The landscape was very interesting, totally not what I expected, I imagined the Galapagos Islands to be like those classic tropical islands with palm trees and not at all, this was a very harsh volcanic environment and like I say very interesting. I recommend this hike.

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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.

1  Thank J C
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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.

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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

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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.

1  Thank Audrey B
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