Alcedo Volcano lies in the center of Isabela Island, and it’s the smallest of Isabela’s volcanoes. The volcano continues to be a conservation site because the largest—and most diverse—tortoise populations of the Galápagos Islands inhabit Alcedo Volcano. The tortoise populations roam the inner and outer slopes of the volcano as well as the floor of its caldera.
Visitors used to be able to hike Alcedo Volcano until the late 1990s, when both vegetation and tortoise populations were devastated by the appearance of feral goats.
Kicker Rock, which also goes by León Dormido, is another one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galápagos. Much like Devil’s Crown, Kicker Rock is the eroded remains of a volcanic parasitic cone that rises above the. Unlike the low-level crest of Devil’s crown, however, Kicker Rock is a megalith that rises over 500 feet above the ocean.
From afar, Kicker Rock resembles a sleeping lion (hence it’s Spanish epithet), and there’s a broad, vertical fissure that divides the landmark and creates a narrow channel. Though Tropicbirds, Blue-footed boobies, and frigatebirds enjoy congregating on Kicker Rock’s steep slopes, the real draw is the marine life. Spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, the Galápagos shark, and hammerhead sharks are all drawn to the mild currents of the channel.
SANTA CRUZ LAVA TUNNELS
Underground lava tunnels riddle Santa Cruz, southeast of Santa Rosa. The tubes are more than a kilometer long and easily tall enough for humans to walk through at about 23 feet high. Mineral deposits have created an efflorescence, making the lava tubes appear like a whitewashed subway tunnel. The lava tunnels are lit from within, allowing visitors to see stalactites growing within and the bright eyes of barn owls who inhabit the cool, dark space. Come and join us explore volcanic formations, watch Galápagan wildlife, and more on one of our active tours in Galápagos.