The Galapagos Islands make for an exciting vacation destination for just about everyone, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, an active nature exploration, or a fun family trip. And the town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, is a staple visit for most Galapagos cruises and a great place to stay on a land-based or island-hopping tour.
Compared to the buzzing 18,000-person town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the town of Puerto Ayora, with just around 2,000 people, is quite tranquil. It makes for a great extension tour as well, if you’ve booked a cruise but aren’t quite ready to go home yet.
What to do
Whether you are on a cruise visiting Puerto Villamil for just one day or a land-based tour, there’s plenty to do right from town. If you’re looking for independent activities, swimming, snorkeling, and surfing are all options along the beachfront, and any equipment you need can be easily rented from a local vendor.