Top Places to Visit in Galapagos – Puerto Villamil
February 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
Located on the southeast coast on the island of Isabela is the most alluring town in the Galapagos our #8 pick – Puerto Villamil. A sleepy fishing village located on a white sand beach fringed with palm trees, Puerto Villamil has much to offer. It’s no doubt why this is the favorite destination for sailboats making the Pacific crossing, the main beach could easily be a vacation spot on its own.
Puerto Villamil has much more to offer, as you arrive in to town near the main dock you will see Galapagos Penguins, Brown Pelicans, sea lions, and both Nazca and blue footed boobies lined up as if they are waiting to meet you. A water taxi can take you over to the neighboring Tintorares for a short walk to view thousands of marine iguanas and sleeping white tip reef sharks.
On the edge of town you will find several brackish lagoons the ideal place to spot Galapagos Flamingos and pintail ducks. There is the lovely boardwalk trail to the tortoise breeding center where you can witness first-hand how tortoises from the different volcanoes on Isabela evolved differently based on their environment. Towards the end of town are the mangroves of Los Humidales an excellent spot to snorkel or bird watch.
Traveling up the island is the Sierra Negra Volcano a fascinating visit to discover the volcanic origins of the Galapagos Islands and to explore the 2nd largest caldera in the world. To the southern end of the island is the surreal snorkeling spot in the Galapagos the fabulous Los Tuneles.
Puerto Villamil can be visited as a day trip from Santa Cruz, from a Galapagos Cruise or you can relax and enjoy and explore the environment from a local hotel.