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The Wall of Tears, Puerto Villamil

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On a tour of Isabella Island, visit The Wall of Tears, a grim historical site that local legend says still emanates cries. Built by the island's penal colony from 1945 to 1959, the wall reportedly caused thousands of deaths of prisoners, who were forced to carry stones in the sweltering heat and isolation for days on end. Trek the scenic 7 km (4.3 mi) path, lined with mangroves, and you might spot some giant tortoises or other interesting Galapagos species along the way. With our online itinerary creator, Puerto Villamil attractions like The Wall of Tears can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • While Visiting Isabela Island I realized that I'm not as young as I used to be! I snorkeled for an hour this morning and felt great afterwards so I decided I'd coat myself in SPF 50 and tackle The Wal...  more »
  • Beautiful place to ride a bike and climb up to the top. Views are good but you can find much better in Galapagos. Try it if you want to do something away from being in the water and want to do somethi...  more »
  • whent last week. to stand there and think that every rock was carried there by man will blow your mind. the view, the turtles it was worth the hike..  more »
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  • Okay, so it's a hot and sweaty 25 minute bike ride which at some points has sand so deep that you have to walk and can't ride. It is a cool wall and there is a trail to the left of the wall that leads to a great look-out point.
  • I recommended to rent a bike to come here. And although you might be sweaty and exhausted already when arriving at the wall of tears, push yourself to go up the hill to the top. You'll be rewarded with amazing views!
  • A wall of rocks. There is a trail to the left, but the viewpoint from the hill before it is a better panorama
  • Long bike ride in the hot sun to see a stone wall. We had a guide and that made all the difference. Listen to the stories and it comes alive.
  • Inspiring but hard to get to

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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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