Prepare to experience a land built upon fire and water as you journey through one of Ecuador’s iconic paradises. Galapagos is an orchestra, a legend. Just like the mythological stories of dragons who spent their lives hiding inside caves up high on the mountains guarding treasure and breathing fire, it is a marvel emerging from the depths of the earth.
Each volcano was carefully conceived and formed gave birth to the homes of wondrous life known to all the world, a treasure of nature we are lucky to behold.
The Enchanted Islands give honor to their name for being, among other things, one of the most volcanically active areas on earth. It holds a total of twenty-one volcanoes, of which thirteen still remain active. Known as a hotspot connected directly to the earth’s core, most of them are submarine mountains that subsequently emerged through time as a chain created by various volcanic eruptions until they reached the surface.
The islands expand throughout the Pacific like chess pieces, each one holding its own uniqueness and essence. Located around six hundred miles away from the mainland of Ecuador, one by one they appeared and welcomed flora and fauna of specific kinds with open arms, remaining a safe haven, the only one for many of them.
Their birth dates expand from four million years to less than a million years. Española and South Plaza hold the firstborn titles, while Fernandina island is the youngest. Some of the most iconic volcanoes include Sierra Negra, Wolf, Fernandina, Cerro Azul, and La Cumbre; which had recently erupted a few days ago (January 2020) in Fernandina Island. and reminded us again that the Galapagos volcanoes are still alive.
Touring through some of Galapagos’ most visited peaks is not an uphill road. You merely need your good pair of hiking boots, water, sunscreen, good physique, and an even better camera. Isabela Island is a good place to start if you plan on visiting it firsthand.
Wolf is the highest point on all the islands, situated at the northeast point with a height of around 1,700 meters above sea level (5,577 ft). It can be best visited by water because of the hard climb it presents due to its cone-shaped slopes. It caused a sensation amongst volcanologists, scientists and geology lovers when it surprisingly erupted in 2015.
Those who were lucky got to witness from the ocean one of nature’s spectacles as it spewed rivers of lava flowing from its slopes and plunged into the sea for a period of two months. This event had previously occurred thirty-three years before.
Blue-footed boobies dance on the surface and watch curiously as the boats pass by. Picture yourself surrounded by creatures so diverse and never seen anywhere in the world, and getting to explore their territory, see how they live, eat, rest, getting a chance to fill in their shoes and gain a new respect for earth’s wondrous creation.