Isabela is the largest archipelago island and occupies more than fifty-eight% of the entire Galapagos landmass. It is a relatively new island that consists of five young, active volcanoes.
Tintoreras To reach The Tintoreras, it takes approximately 10 minutes to drive from Puerto Villamil. The Tintoreras island is located to the south-east of Puerto Villamil. The small lbya is surrounded by tranquil turquoise waters. Here you can see sea lions and sea turtles as well as marine iguanas and rays. The bay is connected by a shallow crevice in the crystalline waters, whose entrance is closed when it is low tide. This crevice is home to sharks and other small fish, as well as sea lions.
These beaches are not recommended for swimming due to the possibility of disturbing colonies of sea lions.
The site contains a number of lagoons that are well-known for their migrant bird population. The black-necked is the most prominent bird in the area. There are no trails through the dense vegetation surrounding the lagoons. However, the road to the highlands or the open beach provides reasonable access.
The giant tortoise rearing center of Isabela is located 1.5 kilometers from Pto. Villamil, this important center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela. In total there are 330 tortoises between juveniles and adults.