Wall of Tears (Galápagos Islands)

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The Wall of Tears (Spanish: El Muro de las Lágrimas) is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It was constructed between the years of 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the penal colony on the island, which had been established by President José María Velasco Ibarra in 1944, using infrastructure left by the US military after World War II.[1]

The wall is about 25 m (65 ft) tall and is said to have been the cause of thousands of deaths during its construction.[citation needed] Locals call it the wall of tears because it is said to emanate eerie cries and have a heavy energy surrounding it.[2][3]

Wall of Tears
Information board


  1. ^ Erazo, Paul Mena. "Galapagos Island was once jail". BBC World website. BBC. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ "The Wall of Tears (Puerto Villamil)". Galapagos Islands.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. ^ Haines, Dena. "Visiting the Wall of Tears (El Muro de las Lágrimas)". Red Mangrove Galapagos Travel Blog. Retrieved 15 February 2014.

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Coordinates: 0°57′54″S 91°00′49″W / 0.964925°S 91.013578°W / -0.964925; -91.013578