The Wetlands, Galapagos

A haven for wildlife just outside town

The Wetlands, Galapagos
  • Fauna abundance

  • Striking vistas

  • Difficulty


The Wetlands is the name given to the area of lagoons and mangrove swamps just along the coast from Villamil on Isabela Island. This is a popular excursion as it is just a short walk from town on good paths and boardwalks.

This is an important habitat, and is one of the only places where you can see all 4 of the native Galapagos Mangrove species. These mangroves are hugely important, not only for the wildlife they contain, but also for their help in preserving the coastline and resisting the eroding action of waves.

There are a large number of bird species that make their home in the Wetlands, and if you are a birdwatcher this is an excursion you will want to make sure is on your schedule. Speak to one of our Galapagos experts to help select the best itinerary for a visit to the Isabela Wetlands.

Photos of The Wetlands

Highlights at The Wetlands

  • All 4 native Galapagos Mangroves
  • Extensive bird life
  • Wonderful walking trails through the wetlands

Possible Activities


Map of The Wetlands

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Our cruises that include The Wetlands