Free things to do on Isabela Island on Galápagos
Isabela is one of the best islands to do free activities on your own and it’s so big and beautiful you will always feel you didn’t have enough time to do all you want. However, to help you plan and create your personalized itinerary here’s some free and very cheap activities you can do on Isabela.
Snorkeling at Concha Perla
Concha perla is a shallow bay with very calm and transparent waters, the closest thing to a natural pool. Is located near the port and on the walk there you’ll get to see plenty of marine iguanas laying around and getting some sun.
If you have your own snorkeling equipment (as we have recommended) take it there and you will see a great variety of fish and sea lions. If you don’t have it, you can rent them or simply cool off and swim quietly in the water.
El Muro de las lágrimas, El Estero, Humedales
This is the ideal tour to spend a wonderful afternoon in Isabela. It is a path of about 5 kilometers where you can stop at different places, each one more beautiful than the other.
This route can be done on foot or by renting a bicycle for the day to make the trip lighter and faster. Price for the full day bike renting would be aroun $12 and $2 by the hour.
It starts at the Wall of Tears and back to the port you can stop at places such as El Estero, the resting beach and finish enjoying the sunset at Playa del Amor or having a cocktail at Beto’s Bar.
Turtle Breeding Center / Galapaguera
On Santa Cruz Island and San Cristobal you will also find turtle breeding centers, however, the one in Isabela is the most complete and is completely free. It is very close to the Poza de las Diablas, you can walk from there.
Poza de las Diablas Lagoon
If you want to see flamingos in their natural habitat, this magical place is ideal for watching these types of birds. This place is very close to Wetlands and Wall of Tears. The best way to make the most out of your time would be to start in the Galapaguera, from there take the path through the flamingo pool and when you leave you will be near the beach on the route that goes to the Muro de Las Lágrimas.