Photos from Isabela - the volcano

Mike and Liz Downing
Thu 29 Jul 2010 08:28
Cerro Negra is an active volcano in southern part of Isabela and has a crater 10 kilometers in diameter - the second largest in the world after the Ngorongoro in Tanzania. We joined a group going up to see it, starting with a minibus ride of 45 minutes, then a stiff up-hill walk for a hour, followed by a horse ride for an hour. When we arrived at the top, the view was quite stunning. Down in the crater the lava was black as far as the eye could see, contrasting with the greenery all around the rim and the steep sides. Different areas of the volcano erupt at different times and there appears always to be fresh lava. The last major eruption was in 2005. 
Walking around the rim to get closer to the edge.
What a sight!
More recent lava flows on the right.
The line between green vegetation and black lava.
The intrepid riders!