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Address: Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Wall of Tears is a stone wall in the middle of nowhere built by political prisoners, many of whom died in the process. It's been left as a memorial. The wall is interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
Alek C
Melbourne, Australia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice beach biking. Some parts are not easy (due to sands) but it is worth the bike tour. You can climb to the top and have an excellent view. On the way, you should see Playa Amor where you will see hundreds of Iguanas.

Thank IANA940
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Wall of Tears (Spanish: El Muro de las Lágrimas) is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It was constructed between the years of 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the penal colony on the island, which had been established by President José María Velasco Ibarra in 1944, using... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The route to the wall is full of surprises and should definitely not be missed. Hire a bike from one of the shops in town and cycle along the sandy path towards Iguana Crossing and keep going. Along the way there are lots of places to stop and marvel at nature. We saw loads of land iguanas, giant tortoises, and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

The Wall of Tears is a stone wall in the middle of nowhere built by political prisoners, many of whom died in the process. It's been left as a memorial. The wall is interesting enough but the trip there is worth tin it's own right. You will see marine iguanas, tortoises and there's some good views of the island and... More 

1 Thank Alek C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We did it by bike and it was perfect half day activity after snorkeling. The wall of tears is nice to see, but the way to it is even nicer. There are many beautiful stops and viewing points along the way. If you have some time in your hands I definitely recommend it. It's free of charge and you can... More 

1 Thank Julia R
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We decided to walk 6km from town to the Wall and it took maybe 1.5 hours each way with stops to check out the different ponds, lagoons and beaches along the path. The wall itself is pretty ordinary though it's clear it would have been very difficult to build. The stairs that go up past the wall lead to a... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The wall itself is not worth the walk, the walk is worth the walk. If you have a half day to spare and are a bit water logged from all the snorkeling, the Wall of Tears walk (or bike ride) is worth doing. The road starts at the end of town near the Iguana Crossing hotel. You will see a... More 

1 Thank tinaNtravel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We had a nice bikeride to the Wall of tears. Was sunny, use sun protection! On the way it is really beautiful. Sandy beaches, foresty Areas, dry,irony roads with giant turtoises.

Thank Anna P
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I wouldn't sacrifice any other activities for this, but if you have time it's a nice way to spend a day. Recommend cycling rather than walking the 6km from town. Bikes can be hired from many places in town for about $3 an hour. We do not recommend bikes from GPS Galapagos Diving Centre as their bikes are not looked... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

The trail starts at the end of the beach and goes for about 5km. Along the way you will pass 2 small beaches, a lava tube, and a couple of view point overlooking some dirty green salt mangrove lagoons.

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