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Throughout our page we show you the amount of activities you can do on your own, without having to hire an organized tour and, in some cases, not even with an authorized guide. However, it is normal that you have doubts about whether you will miss something, or you will not find what they have told you so much about.
To help you decide, we have created maps that will allow you to follow the correct route at all times, and know all those places that you should not miss.
The best free tours The Galápagos Islands on your own
Get to know the activities that you can do for free is undoubtely the best way to reduce costs when it comes to organizing your trip. Many tours include activities that you can do on your own, and for which they should not charge you anything. However, keep in mind that the areas near the route are protected, and you can not access them, so stay alert and look at all the signs.
Tours in Isabela Island
Posada de los flamengos y Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupinza
If you want to see flamingos in their natural habitat, this magical place is ideal for sighting them. In this pool they are really confortable, and when you see its bright pink color up close, the walk get completely worthy.
On the way, you will find the Tortoise Breeding Center “Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan”, which has a breeding program for giant tortoises. There are 11 subspecies, the most famous, the last of the species Geochelone abigdoni, Solitario Jorge, died in June 2012. In the breeding center there are specimens of all ages that will be reintroduced in their natural habitats to repopulate the Islands.
To see them directly in the eyes and perceive in them the tranquility of centenarian beings possessing a wisdom that only time and life make possible is how to reconnect with a millenarian and unknown past.
Wall of Tears, El Estero y Wetlands
This is an ideal walk to spend a wonderful afternoon in Isabela. It is a road of around 5 kilometers where you can stop by different places, each one more beautiful than the other.
This route can be done by walking or renting a bicycle for the day to make the trip lighter and faster.
Start at the Wall of Tears and back to the port you can stop at places like El Estero, the rest beach and end up enjoying the sundown at Playa del Amor or having a cocktail at Bar de Beto.
The Wall of Tears is a historic site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. It was built between 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the island’s penal colony, which It had been established by President José María Velasco Ibarra in 1944, making use of the infrastructure left by the United States Army after the Second World War.
Concha Perla Beach
Concha Perla beach is a shallow bay with very calm and transparent waters, the closest thing to a natural pool. If you have your own snorkel equipment (as we have recommend) take it and you will see a great variety of fish and sea lions. If you do not have them you can rent them or simply cool off and swim peacefully in the water.
This place is very close to Puerto Villamil and to get there you will have to go through a wonderful mangrove walkway.
Tours in San Cristobal Island
Laguna el Junco
Climb the volcanic crater’s crown and enjoy a panoramic view of the island. You can ask the taxi that takes you to the Puerto Chino beach to stop in this place, you will not regret it.
Although it is not so close, it is totally worth visiting and enjoying a relaxing day on this beach. To get there you have to agree on a round trip with a taxi and walk about 15 minutes until you reach it.
Free tours in Santa Cruz Island
Cerro Croket y El Puntudo
Playa El Garrapatero