The Wall of Tears, ISABELA ISLAND

The Wall of Tears, ISABELA ISLAND - The Galapagos Islands

Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners were forced to build a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears (El Muro de las Lágrimas), towering at 65 feet (25m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.. A set of stairs provides a bird's eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the foundations of a USA base from the Second World War.

The Galapagos Islands


About The Wall of Tears


  • Highlights & Animals: View of the wall, Historic site, lava lizards, Galápagos finches, hawks
  • Activities: Hicking
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Easy