Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Bike Through Puerto Villamil
Galapagos PRO recommendation: This trip should not be missed in your Galapagos experience. You can go on your own or with a nature guide. Groups of 5 or more require the accompaniment of a nature guide when visiting the National Park.
We recommend an interesting, easy bike ride which brings you to three visitor points on Galapagos largest island, Isabela.
We suggest beginning with El Muro de las Lágrimas, the Wall of Tears. The wall is about 150 meters long and was built under cruel conditions by convicts of the infamous penal colony "Porvenir" in the 40s and 50s. First named the Wall of Tears by local residents, who state that the wall often emits an eerie, crying sound and the area is said to have a "heavy energy". On the way there, you will stop at the enchanting bays where giant sea lizards lie in the sun and sea lions splash about. Along the way you will pass by tortoises. Once you reach the Wall of Tears, you can walk up to the lookout point. From there you have a fantastic view of the Sierra Negra volcano and the beaches of the island.
Afterward, ride to the Flamingo Lagoon just beyond the tortoise breeding center. The small lagoon offers the best opportunity to see flamingos up close. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and relax for a few minutes on the quiet saltwater lake, watching the chattering flamingos foraging for food.
Finally, ride to the wetlands of the island, the Humedales. The lush vegetation of this fragile habitat hides many small lagoons. These are surrounded by mangroves and provide shelter, food and drinking water for many species of birds. One of the larger lagoons is also home to the Galapagos flamingo whose pink plumage is reflected in the calm waters. On their stilt-like legs, these graceful birds are well worth bringing your camera for.