Punta Moreno

Punta Moreno

Isabela Island

The pahoehoe lava at this seldom-visited site is a classic example of how gas-rich basaltic rock cools to look like loosely coiled rope. Although at first glance it seems a lifeless landscape, a little exploration reveals natural pools that have been colonized by ducks, waders, stilts, blue-winged teal, flamingos, and moorhens (common gallinules).

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Punta Moreno Isabela Island Galapagos

Great blue herons and flightless cormorants also frequent the areas, while pelicans nest in the mangrove forest. Very large marine iguanas are also seen, and white tipped reef sharks may be found in a pool along the shore.

Although this is a difficult hike due to the sharp rocks, it is still recommended for most passengers. It's advised to bring plenty of water and be well rested and prepared for a long trek.