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Punta Moreno - Hiking Puerto Villamil - Ecuador

Located on the western shore of Isabela Island, Punta Moreno is a popular site where a lot of wildlife can be seen. The trip usually begins (or ends) with a panga ride along the rocky shore: keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos Penguins sunning themselves on the rocks. If you look in the water, there is a chance that you’ll see sea turtles, rays or other marine creatures.

Once on shore, the trail winds its way through lava formations, mangroves and crystal-clear tidal pools. It’s in these little pools where the action is: check them all out to see what was trapped there the last time the tide was high. There will certainly be all sorts of colorful fish, crustaceans and echinoderms, but there may be something spectacular such as a turtle, ray or shark.

On a clear day, this visitor site offers a great view of some of Isabela’s volcanoes.

Trail Difficulty: 3/5 The lava rocks can be treacherous, and watch your step around the tidal pools.

Tip: This hike can get really hot: If you suspect it might, bring extra water and lots of sunscreen.

Highly Likely to see:

Brown Pelicans

Probable to see:

Galapagos Penguin


Flightless Cormorant

American Oystercatcher

Possible to see


White-tipped reef shark

Green Sea Turtle

Pintail Duck




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13 Jul 2011

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