Las Tintoreras, Puerto Villamil

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#2 of 17 in Nature in Galapagos Islands
Get in touch with the local aquaculture population with a visit to the islet of Las Tintoreras. The turquoise waters of the bay are sheltered, providing a perfect spot for sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, stingrays, and reef sharks to hang around. At low tide, the bay is connected to a small shallow pool of clear water, where you can get an up-close look at the sharks. Survey the marine life from a lava deck above, or grab your snorkel and jump right in. Our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planning site makes visiting Las Tintoreras and other Puerto Villamil attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A short walk across the island, where you can view the marine iguanas and if you're lucky some descaçando sharks in the waters.
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  • Highlight of our trip. So many iguanas to see, snorkeled with sea turtles and sea lions. This was the only place we saw blue footed boobies in the Galapagos. An amazing experience!  more »
  • This place was really neat. The geology is very cool and the volcanic rock is great. Snorkelling is also very good in this spot. The channel with all the sharks is spooky...especially if you're snorke...  more »

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Where to stay in Puerto Villamil

As the largest town on the island and a jumping-off point for Galapagos explorations, Puerto Villamil offers plenty of places to stay. The main coastal road has the greatest concentration, including a nice selection of boutique hotels with swimming pools, spas, and excursion booking desks. Meanwhile, a pleasant set of simpler hotels and guesthouses still offers good views along the coast. Move a bit inland to find a scattering of hotels and bed and breakfasts, offering either resort-style luxuriousness or a budget-friendly simplicity.
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