Sierra Negra is a volcanic caldera (a volcano that has collapsed in on itself after an eruption) on Isla Isabela. With it’s most recent eruption in 2005, it is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos. They offer tours. while it is always checked to make sure it’s not about to erupt, signs of increased activity will not put off the guides. I had to go. And because it’s a small place, I ran into the two American girls I shared a taxi with on my first day.
The volcano is a huge area, but flat enough that it is easy to hike. It’s fascinating to look out at miles of volcanic crust, and notice, in a few rare pockets, some tiny green plant shooting up through the dead earth, somehow able to survive on sunlight and volcanic minerals. For myself, the most memorable part was sticking my hand in a small crater and feeling the heat from the lava. You could cook something over that crater, would take a long time though. Also memorable was getting sexually harassed by one of the Americans who had suffered her fair share of harassment and decided I was non-threatening enough to see how it felt to be the man. She wasn’t very good at it, these things take practice.
And with that. I will end my Galapagos posts, since the rest is all travel and accommodation related. I returned to Isla Baltra and flew to the large and uninspiring city of Guayaquil.