The Wall of Tears
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Stacy M
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We rented bikes to go to the Wall of Tears. The bikes only had ONE gear and NO brakes. Much of the ride was through thick sand so you had to get off and walk your bike. We were absolutely DRENCHED in sweat by the time we reached the Wall of Tears (almost quit several times but were determined). If you have seen one photo of this wall, well, you've seen it. Not much else to see. Only one small plaque with the most basic information. The STORY of the wall is incredible and moving and sad, but the hike/ride to it, I just did not feel was worth the time and energy. This is one I wish we'd skipped and just enjoyed more time on the beach instead.
Written February 5, 2021
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Port librarian
Port Macquarie, Australia158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
On a free day (instead of scuba diving), we chose to walk from our hotel to the Wall of Tears. A 15km round trip, it was hot, but we say tortoises in the wild, many many marine iguanas and just enjoyed the nature of the island. Wetland, flamingos and other wildlife along the way. The wall itself was - just a wall, but understanding the history, reading and listening to why actually made the place very solemn. Taking a further walk to the top of the hill, looking at the ruined military bases and gathering a better understanding of the place these Islands have in history is important in understanding the Galapagos is more than just tortoises. The tracks were well marked, easy to access and very safe. There were several bike riders along the way, but the walk was good. well worth it!
Written January 2, 2020
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MarkH1973
Ashby de la Zouch, UK205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We cycled here from Puerto Villamil, it took about an hour (maybe a little less) at a steady pace, which was comfortable for our eleven year old son. It's a nice ride with a few giant tortoises on the way, and some of the ride was a more difficult because of the sand.

The Wall itself was thought provoking and its location helped to show just how futile it was.
Written January 28, 2024
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-MyLifeOfTravel-
Steamboat Springs, CO79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We walked from town and spent the afternoon marveling at the variety of plants, tortises, and other wildlife along the road/trail to get to the wall of tears. The hike to the lookout is worth the climb. Amazing views. Plan lots of time as there are side stops to visit as well, including a beach where we watched sea turtles swim in the waves! Took longer than we planned - should have packed more snacks!
Written October 26, 2021
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Richard D
Ciutadella, Spain740 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We cycled on some fat tire bikes. They were heavy but good in the sand. From the center of town about 7 km with a climb to the finish. The wall as expected was not much to look at. What is interesting is the wildlife along the way. We saw giant tortoises, pelicans and marine iguanas. Having seen these elsewhere on the islands made them less of a novelty. Along the way there are some lagunes, a small lava tunnel and right before the wall a nice viewpoint.
Written August 2, 2021
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b2run
Ontario, Canada284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
It's a good idea to rent bikes to go here as it is 16 km out and back. There are a couple of neat beaches along the way with one excellent viewpoint. The wall of tears itself isn't much to look at but if you continue beyond and up a km hike, you are rewarded with spectacular views. Along the way, there are wild giant tortoises.
Written February 24, 2022
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Robert G
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The views from the top of the wall of tears are probably the best on the island. Plus, it's free, and you can ride a bike most of the way there.
Go early in the morning, though, otherwise it is WAY too hot.
Written April 13, 2020
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302jeannet
Amelia Island, FL152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
You do not need a tour. This a 5K walk or bike ride each way. There are side trails with lookouts over wetlands, beaches and the wall. You can see iguanas, pelicans, tortoises, red crabs and frigates. You can hike past the wall and up the hill to the radar station for an incredible view.
This was the best hike available on Isabela in my opinion. I am glad I didn’t miss it.
Written June 10, 2021
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Just Joe
Napa, CA203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Fantastic experience, I did it twice! Rent a bike and ride the path/road from town to the wall, the bike ride is worth it alone. Dirt road follows the ocean for a couple miles and then you’re on a quality lava road until finish. Leave the bike and hike to the viewpoint. Highly recommend.
Written January 4, 2024
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Wall of Tears didn't really do it for me. Yes, we were told the sad history but I didn't find the place had an emotional atmosphere. Maybe this was because it was a long walk in the heat to get there and I was tired. I also knew I had all the walk back.
However, it was a very good experience simply because of the wildlife seen on the walk. Numerous birds, a few iguanas crossing over the road, lava lizards and a giant tortoise out for a stroll. The highlight though was crossing over a bridge and seeing a sea turtle and a sea lion in the crystal clear waters below. A magical moment.
Written June 20, 2023
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