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

Puerto Villamil Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 123 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 trip to Muro de las Lagrimas and probably see Giant Tortoises along the road, and a 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.

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.

  • Last visit to Puerto Villamil: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated Feb 22, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:12 AM

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

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Apr 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      It is a lovely, and relaxed place! Thanks for visiting Dee!

  • 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.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    One word - AWESOME! Great write-ups on the tours you took. Some great restaurant and hotel tips too.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Another fine page from your visit to the Galapagos Islands, with nice photos of the Tortoise Breeding Centre and the unusual scenery around there. This looks like a great place to ride around on a rented bicycle. And you didn’t even need a lock on Isla Isabela.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    wow, what a great destination ! Those turtles look great and the trafic-sign for the small local dragons... some day I have to go there as well !

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