Isabela Island – Puerto Villamil

The quiet, laidback town of Puerto Villamil is the main settlement on Isabela island. You can reach several visitor sites from town, including the Tortoise Center, Wall of Tears, and Tintoreras. You arrive to the Tortoise Center by walking a one-mile interpretive trail that leads out of town, past the lagoons, and ends at the Center, which houses tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela. The Wall of Tears is a 3.5-mile walk (one-way) from town. The wall was built by convicts of the penal colony that operated on the island in the 1940s and 1950s. It is 15 to 18-feet high, nine-feet wide and 300-feet long. Tintoreras is a group of small islets off the coast that are only accessible by boat. You may spot sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, marine iguanas, rays, and other species in the tranquil waters of the bay.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1-3.5 miles), Panga ride
Wildlife Highlights: Sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins, rays, flamingos, tortoises
Landing: Dry
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

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