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“Great Hike!”
Review of Sierra Negra

Sierra Negra
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Chadds Ford
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great Hike!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Sierra Negra is a great hiking area. Plan for at least half a day, and bring water because it gets hot! And be sure to hike past the volcano and into the lava fields. That was the best part of the hike for us.

Visited April 2014
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Zurich, Switzerland
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Nice hike, bad guide”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

My wife and I hiked up the Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico in April 2014, weather conditions were pretty good, visibility was good enough to see all the crater (second largest in the world) and from Volcan Chico we could see Fernandina island. The hike itself is nice, especially the second part on the Volcan Chico, the landscape is really amazing and there are enough cactuses to take great prictures. All in all the hike was very good and I suggest you do it if you are on Isabela.
Downside was the guide, we came from a week cruise with a great guide and we expected the same here. Our guide name is Dario Chimarro (not sure about the surname spelling), and he was clearly trying to make the hike as quick as possible, the pace was tough, I had no problems walking with him but there were also less fit people who had the right to enjoy the hike as the others do. I usually love to hike pretty fast but when you pass by volcanoes you want to stop to take pictures and expect the guide to spot some wildlife and describe the vegetation. He only made 3 stops plus the lunch in 16kms, we were back at the start of the path at 1PM half an hour in advance and we had to wait for the bus. It was a pity that to spare 30 mins he didn't mind if everybody felt comfortable. We overtook a coupe of groups in the path hence, I believe our pace was faster than should have been.
To give you some more coordinates we booked at "Cuarto de hora", I have no clue about the mechanism to assign the guides but maybe ask upfront if you don't want to have your hike screwed.
I also suggest to report any bad experience, if any, to the park office in Puerto Villamil, I know you're on holiday but with your feedback the organization may improve the experience of next visitors.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Federico M
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Quito, Ecuador
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297 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Hard but Amazing”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

You have to visit this Volcano if you are in Isabela Island but you have to take into account that you will have to walk for about 6 hours and depending on the season where you are visiting the islands you have to prevent this fact and bring some enough water but the visit is totally worth.

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Very dependant on weather for views”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Intermitent drizzly rain during our visit. Bus to starting point. No kiosk but banos (toilets) available. We hiked, but noticed a few ponies saddled nearby so might be possible to hire - people we saw riding looked much happier than the hikers! Track starts with a steep climb into the cloudforest, then branches off to the left onto narrow, muddy tracks. A trekking stick comes in very handy. Saw a few small birds - no time to stop & ponder. It's a LONG, LONG way. Too cloudy to see the crater at either 1st or 2nd station so we returned to base. But others went on - another 3 or so hours to do the full circuit & were rewarded with clear skies. I understand that the full trip takes about 6 - 7 hours.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank linda b
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San Angelo, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The hike to the caldera is a great choice for all hikers & every age group!”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

There is an intense hike available that sounds awesome, but if you DO NOT want to trek several intense miles starting very early in the morning (It is very hot & it is recommended than an extra guide or two be employed to carry water), then a hike up to the world's second largest caldera is a wonderful alternative. It is lush. There are no crowds. Our family ranged from a 16 year old girl to a 64 year old woman. Had a great time! (March 2013)

Visited May 2013
2 Thank KenandMaxine B
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