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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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  • Travel is long approx 2 hours walking, although it can be reduced if you do it by bike, it starts taking the road of the coast and winds the part right on the island of isabella, in the way you can find turtles, iguanas and many well marked places, the main attraction is the wall of tears, a pair of some 7mt of high and about long 100mt built by the prisoners who acobijaba the island 70 years ago, when it had defined that would be a place for prisoners. In this wall one can notice the hard to the task, as well as feel the ilogico of such construction and at the same time magic. With huge pieces of stone volanica, if lift up this wall which feels the sadness of the story, in building many prisoners died of the same stones that fell upon them such which reads a stone at its base to the memory of them.
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  • Very long route to get to a wall, but there is a story, not worth it. If you go, bring plenty of water.
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  • There are several places where you can rent bikes charge you $15 per day or $ 3/hour, to go to the wall on a bike should be a minimum of physical state, but should be within walking distance, giant tortoises are on the way! They are beautiful! There are viewpoints to take photos and a beautiful beach that has sand but shells, is a very complete stroll
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  • Went on bicycles at 8AM, there was no one else on the trail. Quite enjoyable ride with iguanas and giant tutoises on the road. The wall is a piece of historical sadness, but the view from the peak where you can climb from the side of the wall is really nice. Don't leave too late as the heat will make this nice trail a real punishment.
  • Great bike ride to a chilling site, a wall that was built by common delinquents and political prisoners and many of them died there. Besides that, it's a trip that's just like life: it's about the journey, not the destination. Should not be missed. Also, lizards and turtles can be seen on the road.
  • We walked it and was a 3 hr return trip from town, in hindsight it might have been better to rent a bike but still a scenic trip! Saw a few tortoises, iguanas and lots of finches. The wall was alright but limited information on how it came to be
  • If you already on the isabella island it's a good biking trail don't forget to get a water and a camera (:
  • Where The strong cry and The weak die