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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$2366.76 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

DAY 1 (L):QUITO – SAN CRISTOBAL – PLAYA MANN Our English speaking 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.Accommodation in 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.Accommodation in 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 (2,5 hours). Around 10:30 AM you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see the last living Galapagos tortoise of its species. Then you will go to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. You will have lunch here. At night you will have a special diner organized by us to show you the gastronomy of the island.Accommodation in 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. Accommodation in 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.Accommodation in 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.Accommodation in 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.Accommodation in 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). 

$1536.07 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Galapagos Island Hopping All Inclusive 6-Day Adventure

DAY 1 (L): BALTRA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – ISABELA ISLANDIt is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Option 1: arriving at Baltra before 11:00 AM At Baltra airport, an English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the port of Puerto Ayora where you can enjoy your lunch. Around 02:00 PM, you’ll take the small public speedboat to Isabela Island. Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar. Option 2: arriving at Baltra after 11:00 AM If your flight is scheduled to arrive 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, 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. Additionally, the lava flows that passed through this area had formed unique geological formation and, of course, shaped like tunnels. 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): 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 have a little break and then you will visit Tintoreras Islet. Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar. DAY 4 (B, L): CHARLES DARWIN STATION - BAY TOUR At 06:00 AM you will take the public speedboat to Santa Cruz Island where you’ll have breakfast. Then you’ll go to the Charles Darwin Research Station where more than 100 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 BASICO 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): THE TWINS – TRANSFER OUT You will travel to Baltra Airport. On the way, you will stop by The Twin Craters.

$1442 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 recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to Baltra airport to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. On the first day, there are two options, depending on your arrival time.Option 1: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra before 11:00 AMAt 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). You’ll visit the Flamingo Lagoon (short visit). Option 2: Itinerary for flights arriving at Baltra after 11:00 AMIf your flight is scheduled to arrive after 11:00 AM, you’ll stay at Santa Cruz Island.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.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.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.DAY 5 (B):TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORTEarly in the morning you leave the hotel and start your trip to Baltra airport. The boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz leaves at 06:00 AM. The program ends with the drop off at Baltra airport, please note that your flight cannot depart earlier than 1:00 PM due to the long travel from Isabela. *Accommodation in The Wooden House Hotel or similar.

$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.

$1203 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Galapagos Tour: Los Tuneles

Day 1: Baltra - Isabela (L-D)Pick 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.Accommodation in selected class hotels. Day 2: Isabela Island (B-L-D)Head 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). Accommodation in selected class hotels.Day 3: Isabela Island (B-L-D)The 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. Accommodation in selected class hotels.Day 4: Isabela Island (B-L-D)Visit 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.Accommodation in selected class hotels. Day 5: Santa Cruz Island (B-L-D)At 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.Accommodation in selected class hotels. Day 6: Baltra Airport (B)Transfer 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.

$172 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Trip to Los Tuneles Cabo Rosa in Isabela Galapagos

The tour starts either at 7:30 or 10:30 am from your hotel of stay in Puerto Villamil, Isabela. The first stop is Roca Union a small islet located in the open sea where you can catch sight of pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Nazca Boobies and, occasionally, sea lions resting on the rocks. Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, white-tipped sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpetfish and surgeon fish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too.Getting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ – 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels. Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A box lunch will be provided at midday. Return time to Puerto Villamil is estimated around 3:00 PM.Wildlife to see: Galapagos Sea Lions, Marine iguanas, Lava lizards, Seahorses, Zayapas, Sharks, Killer Whales (not frequently), tropical birds, blue-footed boobies, Nazca Booby, Brown pelicans, Cactus finches.IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to fulfill this tour, you must be at Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil) one day prior to departure.