"Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos Islands" Puerto Villamil by MalenaN

Puerto Villamil Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 267 photos

Puerto Villamil is situated on the south-eastern side of Isla Isabela. It is the third largest settlement in the Galapagos Islands with about 2000 inhabitants. It is a laidback place with sandy streets and a long white sandy beach in front of town. Around the central plaza there are some nice restaurants, there are a few Internet places, grocery stores, souvenir shops, laundries, a post office and a bank (but not yet with an ATM that takes foreign bankcards).

People from Puerto Villamil traditionally got their income from fishing, but now more and more are working with tourism, as the number of visiting tourists is increasing.

If you are visiting Galapagos Islands independently this is a good place to go. You have a beautiful beach right in town, there is a Tortoise Breeding Centre just outside Puerto Villamil, and there is a good place for snorkelling. Around Puerto Villamil there are several lagoons where you can spot many bird species and especially the Greater Flamingo is nice to see. You can make a bicycle trip to Muro de las Lagrimas and probably see Giant Tortoises along the road, and a half-day trip to Las Tintoreras, an island full of Marine Iguanas and where you can also see White Tipped Reef Sharks. A very interesting tour to do is to Volcán Sierra Negra and Vulcán Chico. Two great tours I did last time I visited Puerto Villamil was to Los Tuneles and to Trillizos. Next time I go to Isla Isabela I want to check out Cuevas de Sucre and Mirador del Mango.

Puerto Villamil is named after General José Villamil who came to the Galapagos Islands in 1832 with the purpose to establish a new community, a place that was going to be a place of peace. It started out well, but as many of the settlers were convicts and rebel soldiers sent from the mainland to work, the presence of “rough characters” were to high, and also introduced domestic animals grassed on the dry, sparse vegetation. Already in 1837 General Villamil left the Galapagos Islands.

I stayed several days in Puerto Villamil in July 2011 and in July 2014. I also passed by in 2013 when I was on a cruise and we went to Vulcan Sierra Negra and later cycled to Muro de Las Lagrimas.

  • Last visit to Puerto Villamil: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2015
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    It seems to me you used to visit Puerto Villamil very often! That means you liked it. And you were lucky!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      May 23, 2015 at 6:24 AM

      It is a nice and tranquil place. I plan to retur for a few days this summer. Thank you Sergey for visiting my page!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    The lush landscapes here are so beautiful! The Trillizos looks like an amazing adventure! Excellent page Malena!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      May 15, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Thank you Dee for visiting my Puerto Villamil page! Yes, Trillizos was amazing!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Lovely new tips and updates from your third visit to Puerto Villamil.

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    great page malena! its nice to pop by from time to time and explore your galapagos pages! greetings on vt! ;-)

    • Mar 13, 2015 at 5:01 AM

      We have decided to wait until baby girl is 5.... Should hopefully be easier then! So.... 2017 is the aim. :-)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 13, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      Only two years (time flies so it will be soon)!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    A lovely page and great photography :)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Thank you Regina! I visited for three days this year too, but have not yet done any updates from that visit. Isla Isabela is a lovely place!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    What a wonderful destination! Great photos and informative interesting tips!

    • LakshyaR's Profile Photo
      Nov 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      wahoo beautiful destination . u are amzing photography

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 23, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Thank you Lakshya! Galapagos Islands is an amazing place to visit.

  • Chrisjoseph42's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Hi Malena, Your updated pages are amazing! Your writing, tips and photos are the best I have seen. Thanks for the great tips before my trip and thanks again for sharing all your photos. They make me feel like I am there again. -Chris

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Malena, another brilliant page about your adventures on the Galapagos Islands. It looks like you were quite lucky to get a free taxi ride to your accomodation.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    What a fantastic page!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I fully enjoyed reading your page about this most interesting place. The marine life is amazing, as are many bird spices you could observe. I especially liked the tortoises and marine iguanas. You took some great pictures! Oh, and I like the sign 'Iguana crossing, please drive slowly' :) Too bad you were unlucky with the weather while taking a tour to the volcanos.

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