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On Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galápagos, lies the quiet town of Puerto Villamil. Named after General José Villamil, the Galápagos Islands' first governor who settled in the area in 1832, this port town features white sand beaches, lagoons with pink flamingos and multiple restaurants and hotels. It is also a convenient spot to stay if you want to hike Sierra Negra Volcano, bike to the Wall of Tears or snorkel in Las Tintoreras', Los Tuneles' or Concha de Perla's waters.
Recent visitors raved about Puerto Villamil's sights, although several can only be reached by joining an organized tour from companies like Nature Galapagos & Ecuador and Andando Tours. If you're short on time and money but still want to fit in some snorkeling, travelers recommend bringing your own gear to Concha de Perla, which is free to visit and within walking distance of downtown.
You can get to this port town by ferry or plane; the island's airport is about a mile northeast of central Puerto Villamil. To explore Puerto Villamil without help from a local tour company, you can walk, bike or hail a taxi. The town itself is free to visit 24 hours a day, but tours and purchases made at local shops and restaurants cost extra.