Welcome to Puerto Villamil


Undoubtedly, when General José Villamil moved here in 1832 with hopes of organizing a model community made up mostly of whalers, he found the location as beguiling as do today’s visitors. Unfortunately, the draftees’ peaceful inclinations proved to be more utopian than real, and they ended up destroying the colony. Villamil later introduced cows, horses and donkeys, which quickly reproduced, threatening the island’s delicate ecosystem.


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$2329.13 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

B = Breakfast included; L = Lunch included; BL = Boxlunch; S = Snack included; D = Dinner included; Acc = AccomodationDAY 1 (L): QUITO – SAN CRISTOBAL – PLAYA MANN Our guide will be waiting for you at the San Cristobal airport. If you arrive before 02:00 PM you will get lunch. You will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center. Then you will go to Playa Mann for your first contact with the stunning waters of these islands.Acc: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar.DAY 2 (B, L): KICKER ROCK After breakfast, you go by boat to snorkel at the famous Kicker Rock; the favorite place for an array of marine birds and underwater life. In the afternoon you go back to the hotel.Acc: Hotel Casa Playa Mann or similar.DAY 3 (B, L, D): PUERTO AYORA – CHARLES DARWIN STATION – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND HIGHLANDSAround 07:00 AM you will take the public speedboat from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora. Around 10:30 AM you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see the memorial site of the last living Galapagos tortoise of its species. Then you will go to the Highlands of Santa Cruz and have lunch. At night you will have a special diner to show you the gastronomy of the island.Acc: Hotel Silberstein or similar.DAY 4 (B): FREE MORNING – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOONFree morning. Around 1:30 PM, you will take a public speedboat to Isabela Island, (2,5 hours). Upon arrival in Isabela, you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon. Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 5 (B, BL): SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO TREK – CONCHA PERLA SNORKELYou’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second largest volcanic crater in the world.  You will hike to the Sierra Negra (4 hours). After returning to the hotel, you can go snorkeling or swimming by yourself at Concha Perla.Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 6 (B, S): LOS TUNELES SNORKELINGYour guide will take you to Los Tuneles. The water is shallow, calm and very clear- a sea sanctuary. You will have lunch on board and then return to Puerto Villamil.Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 7 (B): KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL TINTORERAS – FREE AFTERNOONThe guide will accompany you for a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. After, you have time to enjoy the beautiful beach or do an optional activity.Acc: Hotel The Wooden House or similar.DAY 8 (B): TRANSFER OUT TO BALTRA AIRPORTAt 6:00 AM you take the public speedboat to Puerto Ayora (2,5 hours), then you go by taxi to the airport (about 40 minutes). 

$1390.63 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Galapagos Island Hopping All Inclusive 6-Day Adventure

B = Breakfast included; L = Lunch included; S = Snack included DAY 1 (L): BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOON It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival Baltra airport to enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Option 1: arriving before 11:00 AM You will be picked up by an English speaking guide and transferred to Puerto Ayora for lunch. Then, you will take the speedboat to Isabela. Upon arrival you will head to Flamingo Lagoon for a short visit, followed by a drop off at your hotel in Isabela. Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar. Option 2: arriving after 11:00 AM You’ll stay at Santa Cruz Island on the first day. Please note that you won’t have lunch if you arrive after 02:00 PM. Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar. DAY 2 (B, L): TINTORERAS AND WETLANDS After breakfast, you will have a tour to The Wetlands, here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will spot small and giant tortoises in their natural habitat. After lunch you will visit Tintoreras Islet. Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar. DAY 3 (B, S): SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELES In the morning, you will go on a boat ride from Puerto Villamil. Max group size is 10 pax. The unique lava formations and calm water make Los Tuneles the best site to snorkel in Isabela Island. You will get the chance to spot a wide array of sea birds, marine wildlife, penguins, and sea lions. The activity takes about 6 hours. You can also choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after snorkeling. Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar. DAY 4 (B, L): CHARLES DARWIN STATION - BAY TOUR At 06:00 AM you will go to Santa Cruz Island where you’ll have breakfast. Then you’ll go to the Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists, educators, and volunteers provide scientific knowledge and assistance to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity of Galapagos. After lunch, you will do the Bay Tour, where you will visit the highlights around Puerto Ayora by boat. Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar. DAY 5 (B, L): SANTA FE ISLAND After breakfast, you will travel to Santa Fe Island. You will enter the bay of Santa Fe in a curious panga ride, depending on the conditions, and you will start the trip with a snorkeling activity, here you will be able to see beautiful wildlife and majestic cliffs. You have a “wet landing” here which means there is no dock in Santa Fe. Accommodation in Hotel Fernandina or similar. DAY 6 (B): TRANSFER OUT – BALTRA After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport with a Spanish speaking driver, to depart to Quito or Guayaquil. End of tour

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4 Days All Inclusive Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

B = breakfastL = lunchS = snack Day 1 (L):Arrive at the Baltra (GPS) airport and meet your English speaking guide who will take you to the port of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy lunch before heading to Isabela Island at 2pm via the public speedboat (capacity of the boat 24 people). The ride has a duration of 3-hours and can be bumpy. It is recommended you prepare yourself with motion sickness pills and a waterproof jacket. Accommodation at Hotel San Vicente or similarDay 2 (B, S):Early in the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Villamil.  You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel in Isabela Island. Around the Los Tuneles you will find a highly contrasted colour for snorkeling with clear, calm water. Additionally, the lava flows that passed through this area had formed unique geological formation and, of course, shaped like tunnels. You will get the chance to spot a large quantities of seabirds such as the Albatros, Flamingos, Blue Footed Boobies and the magnificent frigatebird. Besides, you can find species feeding such as tortoises, swimming iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, Galapagos penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes.  The departure time is between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM and depends on availability and National Park regulations. Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.Day 3 (B, L)At 6am board the public speedboat to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island (duration about 2,5 hours). After breakfast you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is home to world-famous Galapagos tortoises ranging from tiny hatchlings to enormous adults. After lunch you will do the Bay Tour to visit the Loberia, next you will navigate for about 15 minutes to arrive at Punta Camaño Islet. Here you will snorkel with sea lions and a large variety of fish.Accommodation at Fernandina Hotel or similar. Day 4 (B):After breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport, but on the way, you will stop by The Twin craters, which are similar to craters, but formed by a collapse of the Earth because of the lava flows that passed below it. The tour will end upon the arrival to the airport where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil. Please note: this itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, hotel and tour availability, and Galapagos National Park policy. Please note: it is recommended to arrive before 11am in Baltra if you would like to do this itinerary. In the event you arrive later, the itinerary may be altered.

$1403 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Galapagos Isabela Island 5-Day All-Inclusive Guided Tour

DAY 1 (L):QUITO/GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ - ISABELA - FLAMINGO LAGOONIt is necessary to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the port of Puerto Ayora (about 1 hour) where you can enjoy your lunch. Around 02:00 PM, you’ll take the small public speedboat to Isabela Island (about 2,5 hours). This can be a bumpy, wet ride so provide yourself a waterproof jacket and motion sickness medication if necessary. Upon arrival on Isabela Island, a driver will pick you up and you’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon (short visit). After that, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.Accommodation in The Wooden House Hotel or similar.Note: *Please note that if you arrive after 11:00 AM, there might be changes to your itinerary.DAY 2 (B, L):TINTORERAS AND WETLANDSEarly in the morning after breakfast, you will have a tour to The Wetlands, here you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center followed by The Wall of Tears. After lunch, you will have a little break and then you will visit Tintoreras Islet and the pier of Puerto Villamil.Accommodation in The Wooden House Hotel or similar.DAY 3 (B, L):KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL – ISABELA ISLAND HIGHLANDSAfter breakfast, your guide will accompany you for a relaxing and beautiful kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Here you will be able to spot various endemic animals such as Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, and Penguins Isabela. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the Highlands of Isabela and visit La Cueva de Sucre, The Mango viewpoint, and Campo Duro, which is another place of giant tortoises.Accommodation in The Wooden House Hotel or similar.DAY 4 (B, S):SNORKELING IN LOS TUNELESEarly in the morning, you will go on a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Villamil. You will explore the brilliant scenery in Los Tuneles which is considered the most beautiful place to snorkel in Isabela Island. Depending on when you will go to Los Tuneles, you can choose to explore Concha Perla by yourself before or after this, since it is very close to the dock.Accommodation in The Wooden House Hotel or similar.DAY 5 (B):TRANSFER OUT – BALTRAAfter breakfast, you will travel to Baltra Airport with a Spanish speaking driver, where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.End of tour

$230 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour Isabela and Tintoreras

Early morning, meet in the lobby of your hotel for pick-up, before navigating to Isabela Island, a travel of approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Upon arrival visit Los Humedales, the Breeding Center and Concha Perla Beach for swim and snorkel experience. Later, visit Las Tintoreras, a small island located south of Puerto Villamil. This bay is surrounded by turquoise water, where you can see several marine animals such as turtles, boobies, sea wolves, iguanas, etc. Your bilingual guide will be with you for assistance from start to finish for full explanation of interest points and activities. Return to the dock of Puerto Ayora, where your tour will end.Isabela Island is the largest of islands which make up the archipelago of islands Galapagos. With its great diversity of flora and fauna, glorious beaches, and abundance of history, it is one of the great attractions travelers seek in Ecuador.

$1215 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Galapagos Tour: Los Tuneles

ItineraryDay 1: Baltra - Isabela (L-D)Pass By: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsPick up in Baltra Airport to then head to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). Take the public speedboat to Isabela around 2 p.m. (2.5-hour ride). After arriving in Isabela, you'll head to the Flamingos Lagoon, the largest coastal lagoon and one of the main reproductive sites for flamingos in Galápagos.Meals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels. Day 2: Isabela Island (B-L-D)Pass By: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsHead for a full day tour of Sierra Negra Volcano, located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil. Hike the crater and enjoy the view before continuing to Volcan Chico, a still active volcano which warms the surrounding grounds (box lunch will be provided). Spend the afternoon snorkeling in Concha Perla with sea lions, colorful varieties of fish and sea turtles (snorkeling equipment is included: tube, mask, fins). Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels.Day 3: Isabela Island (B-L-D)Pass By: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsThe tour begins at 8 a.m. via speedboat and the first stop is a small islet in the middle of the ocean, home to pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. The Finados snorkeling site is the next stop; swim with sea turtles, tintoreras sharks, trumpetfish and surgeon fish. Once there, the speedboat navigates through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels. Do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels.Day 4: Isabela Island (B-L-D)Pass By: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsVisit Tintores Islet, named after the white-tip sharks known as 'tintoreras' which come to rest in its clear waters. Get close to endemic wildlife such as penguins and sea lions. Snorkel and swim next to colorful fish, sharks and rays. In the afternoon, visit Humedales Complex which includes an exhaustive visit to The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, Muro de las Lágrimas, Mirador Orchidia viewpoint and El Estero de Isabela.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels. Day 5: Santa Cruz Island (B-L-D)Pass By: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsAt 6 a.m. approximately, take the public speedboat to Puerto Ayora, where the guide will be waiting. Check in at the hotel and take off to visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a visit to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, head to the Ch. Darwin Research Station and observe colorful land iguanas and a large variety of Galápagos Giant tortoises brought from the most important islands in the archipelago.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation in selected class hotels. Day 6: Baltra Airport (B)Pass By: Isabela Island, Isabela, Galapagos IslandsTransfer to Baltra Airport. On the way out stop by The Twins (Los Gemelos). Tour ends upon the arrival to the airport to catch plane to either Quito or Guayaquil.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.