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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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  • The road to the Wall of Tears from Puerto Vilamil is a tad longer than we expected, so we were very glad we had rented bicycles instead of walking. We even managed to find a tortoise relaxing near a s...  more »
  • The wall is very boring, the way to the it is very long, but in the middle there are more entertaining, we love the beach and the estuaries
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  • We rented two bike and went. The path is an adventure: Beach, stone, bridges, plants, birds and iguanas. The climb is hard, but worth it! Don't stop at the wall, continue to rise.
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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