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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  • It's almost 6 km up to the place, so we rented some bikes downtown for 3 dollars an hour. On the way there are several other places to stop and see.
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  • No problem to walk the path - it takes max. 3 hours. Go there in the morning so you will see more tortugas! The wall was nice but not more.  more »
  • You don't need a guide for this attraction. You will go through Los Humedales on your way to the wall. You will pass by many beaches and see iguanas and tortoises walking the path with you. We walked ...  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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