The Wall Of Tears

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
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Trip End Sep 06, 2012


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Flag of Ecuador  , Galapagos Islands,
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Today I was back on my own and I had decided to have a nice easy day.  Had a lie in until about 8 am this morning, got up and had some brekkie and then decided to take the walk to the Wall Of Tears.

This trek was free and you could do it on your own.  You had to walk long the beach until you got to the end of the rocks and then sign in at the Patrol Office.The walk from the office takes approx 1 1-1/2 hours to reach the wall, however, along the journey there are other pathways you can take to lookouts, beaches and other interesting sights.

The first one I stopped at was Playa De Amour (Love Beach).  This was a pretty little beach where you could sit and watch the Marine Iguana's either lying in the sunshine or out in the sea trying to catch their food.  The second stop I made was to one of the old Lava Tunnels.  They are incredible.  I walked down inside of it and basically it is like a hollow tube where hundreds of thousands of years ago, hot molten lava flowed through.  You could only walk in a certain distance before it was blocked off as some one has died in one due to it collapsing.

I then decided to head straight for the wall.  The walk was lovely.  You went through some wooded areas but most of it was out in the blazing sunshine (hooray).  Along the way I saw many Tortoises wandering around minding their own business.  These guys are juveniles who have been released back into the wild to hopefully start reproducing.  Fingers crossed.

It took me just over an hour to reach the wall.  This area was used by the US Military back in the second world war to protect the Panama Canal and you can still see parts of the old buildings and also the sports area.  Most of the tortoises just use it as a playground now.  After the military moved out, 300 prisoners from Guayaquil were sent over with 30 police officers.  As there was nothing to do here and they wanted to make the prisoners pay for their crimes, them made them build the Wall Of Tears.  The wall is made out of lava rock which is pretty heavy.  The height of the wall must be just over the height of an average house and I would say it must stretch to about 200 metres.  God knows how long it took them to build it.   There was no other reason to build it apart from put them through pain.

After taking the slow walk back and enjoying the sunshine, I decided to take advantage of the rare moment of seeing the sun, I hit the beach in the afternoon.

Not much else happened that evening apart from meeting up with Angel and her husband and having a quick bite to eat with them as I have to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow (4.45am) to catch the boat back to Santa Cruz.

I have had a really nice time on Isabela and I have to say, it has been the best place by far to see the marine life. 
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