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West of the town center, there is a scenic trail leading north off of the main road to two visitor sites. A short distance after the start of the trail, you will encounter La Poza de los Flamingos, a small lagoon where you can spot flamingoes and other migrant birds. Continuing north along the trail, you will find the Centro de Crianza de Tortuga Terrestre, a land tortoise breeding facility open to the public.



Shortly beyond the breeding facility, the trail merges with the main road and continues north toward Volcán Sierra Negra, an active volcano (1490m) 27-km from Puerto Villamil, where visitors can camp, horseback ride, hike, or simply enjoy nature. You can walk around the caldera, which is roughly 10-km in diameter, passing fumaroles and interesting lava formations, Galapagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches and flycatchers.



Trips to the volcano with naturalist guides can be organized by tour agencies in Puerto Villamil, but if you decide to go it alone, you can hire private transportation from the town center to take you to Santo Tomás, a small settlement at the flanks of the volcano. From there, it is 9-km to the top of the volcano, which you can hike or complete on horseback. Horses can be rented in the town. Be sure to bring plenty of food, water and a compass—it’s easy to get lost.



Off the southeastern end of Puerto Villamil is the island of Las Tintoreras, which has nice views, hiking possibilities, and wildlife watching.



If you follow the coastline on the other end of town, you will eventually arrive at El Muro de las Lágrimas, The Wall of Tears, an instrument of torture used to punish the prisoners of a penal colony established on Isabela from 1945-1959. Although the site sounds grim, it provides an interesting bit of the island’s history and the long trail along the coast provides excellent scenic views and wildlife watching opportunities.

06 May 2005

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Sierra Negra Volcano

Sierra Negra Volcano is the closest one to Puerto Villamil and it makes for a popular hike. It’s a day-long affair and you’ll definitely want to have a guide because it’s possible to lose the ...
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Punta Moreno

Located on the western shore of Isabela Island, Punta Moreno is a popular site where a lot of wildlife can be seen. The trip usually begins (or ends) with a panga ride along the rocky shore: keep ...
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Sulfur Mines

Deep in the interior of Isabela Island are some old sulfur mines that it’s possible to visit. You’ll need to take a tour from Puerto Villamil to get there, because there is some National Park ...
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Cueva De Sucre/sucre’s Cave

Sucre’s Cave is a lava tunnel located in the agricultural zone of Isabela Island. It’s an interesting cave to explore, but bring your own light. It’s part of the Galapagos National Park, but ...
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The Humedales, or “wetlands,” are a can’t-miss for those staying a couple days in Puerto Villamil. The humedales consist of a good trail through mangroves, pools, beaches and rocky shores. ...
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Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove is a small bay near a volcanic crater which has filled in to become a lake. Cruise boats anchor in the cove and land their passengers on a small beach where they can still see graffiti ...
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Urvina Bay

One of the most interesting visitor sites in Galapagos, Urvina Bay didn’t even exist in 1953. Well, the bay did, but not the stretch of land that is now the visitor site. You see, in 1954, there ...
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