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“Take a cab in and walk out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Wall of Tears

The Wall of Tears
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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“Take a cab in and walk out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The wall of tears itself is not too exciting but the hike is very nice. We made the mistake of hiking in and were lucky to catch a ride out. I would suggest to pay a cab to take you in, and then hike out. It is about three miles and there are all kinds of interesting side trails to beaches and lagoons. There is also an observation tower with great views of the island.

Visited June 2013
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“The Wall of Tears & a history lesson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The Wall of Tears is worth a visit, I’d agree with the previous reviewer Jolanie G, bike it if you can, before the visit to the Wall of Tears I had no idea about the role the Galapagos played during World War 2, in WW2 the United States set up base on Baltra Island (beside Santa Cruz) and at other strategic points in the Galapagos, on Isabela there were three military units maintaining three radar stations that were part of a surveillance system for the Central Pacific Region in order to warn of any threat to the Panama Canal

After the war had finished in 1945, in 1946 300 prisoners and 30 policemen landed on Isabela Island from mainland Ecuador to create a penal colony, they used the infrastructure left by the US Army but the prisoners were forced to build this wall (to keep them in)

The bike ride out to the Wall of Tears was really nice, its was about 6k from our hostel, quite flat most of the way, we didn’t bump into anyone else on the way out, the 1st thing we came across was a tortoise crossing the road, we didn’t expect to see tortoises out there, its good that they are out roaming about in the wild, we saw 2 tortoises on the journey out and saw the same ones on the way back as well

The funniest moment of the day was when we stumbled across a large group of Igaunas, there are quite a lot of places to stop off on the way out to the Wall of Tears, i.e. look-out points, ponds, beaches etc. we were going to go down to one small beach for a look, on our way down the path leading to the beach we came across one iguana who didn’t want to move off the thin path, we just had to walk past and hope it didn’t get angry with us, less than 30 seconds after passing the iguana we bumped into about 20 iguanas sunbathing on the path, there was no way they were all going to move for us and we didn’t fancy disturbing them to see if we could get past!

In total including the cycling time there and back, time spent walking about at different areas taking photographs etc. it took us just under 3 hours

Visited June 2013
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“Bike it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Free entrance / no guide needed. A great 'work-out' each morning along a beautiful path. The actual 'wall' wasn't my thing, but I loved the nature surrounding it. We biked there a few times each morning, around 6am and climbed the stone steps (behind the wall) that lead to the top of a small hill - awesome meditation spot.
A few off-shoots from the main road to explore along the way and sheltered coves to take a dip after a long ride.

Visited May 2013
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Des Moines, IA
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“Walked there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We walked there on our own from town without a guide. The walk was decent, it followed the beach most of the way. Lots of little offshoot trails with things to see. The wall was kind of cool but anticlimactic. Good exercise though.

Visited June 2013
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“A great walk with lots of wildlife”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We walked the path and didnt find it as far as most mentioned. i dont think it necessary to ride a bike and saw many struggle on the gravel roads. Pack a bottle of water and lunch and make a day of it.
Although the wall itself doesn't take long to visit, the walk back is great to stop and walk down all the little paths. We saw the biggest flock of blue footed boobies in all of galapagos as well as the largest marine iguanas. They were huge!!
Also along the path we saw 6 wild tortoises which was amazing.
If you have the energy afterwards visit the tortoise breeding centre, it's the best out of the 3 in galapagos.

Visited May 2013
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