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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  • August 11, 2017
    The wall carries a very interesting story that read and admire to get there. I rescue the road to arrive at this stop, take the bike is very nice and gives all the freedom to go stopping when one wants to. You can also see turtles along the way that are completely "free and wild". Highly recommended bike above all!
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  • August 9, 2017
    Pretty long walk; however you can go on a bike. Riding a bike might be dangerous due to the rocky soil, so you'd better take all the safety stuff. Here you can ancounter turtles in the way to the high...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    The walk to get to the Wall of Tears is the most attractive feature about it. It's pretty magical when you see a sign that says "Iguana Crossing" and there are iguanas right next to it, or when the si...  more »
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  • January 1, 2017
    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.
  • February 13, 2017
    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!
  • April 14, 2017
    A wall of rocks. There is a trail to the left, but the viewpoint from the hill before it is a better panorama
  • March 18, 2017
    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.
  • May 17, 2017
    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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