As you may or may not have already heard, Wolf Volcano, a mile-high volcano located on the northern part of Isabela Island in the Galápagos, erupted Monday after a 33-year rest. While this may cause some concern for travelers and the environment-concious alike, our information to-date leads us to believe that the locals, travelers, and wildlife on the islands are OK, and that travel to the islands is not inhibited by the eruption.
Many may be worried about the delicate ecosystem of the island, but volcanic activity is part of natural geological activity in the area. In fact, the islands themselves, 13 in all, were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The current eruption is flowing southeast, sparing the northern section of the volcano where the world's only population of pink iguanas live. In addition, there is no human population near the eruption. Puerto Villamil, the closest town, is about 70 miles south of the volcano. The only concern is that some ash may fall on the human-populated areas, though this is not guaranteed or confirmed.
Galápagos National Park officials said that there is currently no risk to travel to the islands.
If you have any concerns about your upcoming trip to the islands, please don't hesitate to call us! We are here to help and happy to answer any questions you have.