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. Plan to visit The Wall of Tears during your Puerto Villamil vacation using our convenient Puerto Villamil day trip tool .
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  • Called the wall of tears and put a nice name, but if you look at the slightly impractical enough just doing everything but the walls. in addition to the historical significance is the thing to see ... However, on the way to the Observatory in Isabela island view, on the view that before another Middle beaches, mangrove forests, such as the hidden secret (?) between the beach and beautiful places, and the way of the turtle in the wild giant land turtles can meet guys! I've got plenty of great worth. just enough water, sunscreen, Cap Very good shoe recommendation.
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  • We rented bikes from Bike and Surf ($20 for the day)- our 4 year old road in a seat on the back of my bike, and our 8 year old road her own bike. The route to the wall of tears is 5 km from the hotel ...  more »
  • The wall in him even not worth much. On the other hand, the ballad is beautiful with a beautiful mirador to meet wild giant turtles. Advice, go early in the morning after if the weather is nice it hits really hard.
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  • After 5km of walking or biking as most people do you will reach the wall of tears. The wall isn't protected but it has history so respect it. You can carry on for a higher lookout to the old USA radar which give a nice view point on the crater, volcano and beach. I would recommend to do this trail (free)
  • Sad story but amazing trip. Recommended to rent a bike to reach there!
  • A must see when visiting Puerto Villamil. Rent a bike from a local shop or make the journey by foot. We rented bikes for $3/hour and made the entire trip in a little more than two hours. Make sure to stop by Cerro Ochillo on your way to see a 360 spectacular view.
  • Long walk but wall onteresting and look out reaaly good on clear day
  • Challenging trip. Yet worth seeing the island from above.

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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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