Darwin Lake, Isabela

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Key information: Darwin Lake, Isabela

    • A shortish hike to a fascinating caldera lake perched just above a pretty bay on Isabela's west coast.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest19
  • Human interest5
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 2 km
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Darwin Lake, Isabela: Lava fields and quiet bush from high ridge - © William Mackesy


A fascinating and beautiful 2 km hike up to an extraordinary mineral caldera lake just above a lovely cove of the west side of Isabela.


Graffiti, some old, on the low cliffs where you land. A steep clamber (wooden steps - sorry) to a ridge cloaked in scrub and small trees.


Thrilling view from the high ridge across the circular caldera in its deep bowl (with a low ridge separating it from the sea). You can walk on a bit further to the beginning of the inland lava fields. A slightly eerily quiet landscape, at least when Walkopedia was there, but for the occasional little birds.


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of this walk

Day 1 – Santa Cruz, Las Bachas

At last, we are through customs and are met by our guide-to-be, Fausto, smiley and clearly.....


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Darwin Lake, Isabela: Darwin lake - © William Mackesy

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Darwin Lake, Isabela: © William Mackesy

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