The Humedales, also known as the Wetlands, is a network of trails, adjacent to Puerto Villamil. There are nine tracks that comprise the following sites: The Wall of Tears, Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunnel del Estero, Playa del Amor, Bay of Tunis and Pozas Verdes. The Wetlands are coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons formed by seepage of seawater and freshwater underground tributaries coming from the upper parts of the island. They are an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and one of the main nesting sites for green turtles. The wetlands of Isabela Island are essential for the maintenance of biological diversity of Galapagos.
Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, and is west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano.
Located west of Darwin volcano on Isabela Island is Tagus Cove. This was a favorite place for pirates and whalers who inscribed the names of their boats on the ridge. At the start of the walk there is a small cave where we found inscriptions dating from the 1800s.
Rabida, also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, is located south of Santiago Island. It is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. The island has a high iron content which causes its distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingos, pelicans, and boobies. This is an excellent location for them to build their nests.
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