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Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Smallest permanent settlement in Galápagos

Information about Puerto Velasco Ibarra




Floreana was the first Galápagos Island to be colonized by Ecuadorians in 1832, and was used initially as a penal colony. Today, the tiny hamlet of Puerto Velasco Ibarra is home to two thirds of the island’s approximately 100 permanent residents.

This little village houses the island's only hotel, the Pension Wittmer, still run by the members of the first family to live in Galápagos, which is also where Floreana’s only telephone can be found!

There is a recently built church, and one small school here. There are no restaurants or bars or other trappings of tourist life, but you have the opportunity to be driven into the highlands through the Scalesia forest in an open-sided bus the locals call a chiva. This ride takes you through various smallholdings to a freshwater spring at Asilo de la Paz where you can visit a tortoise sanctuary.

Interesting facts about Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Oldest habitation in the Galápagos

Ride to the tortoise sanctuary

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Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Possible Activities in Puerto Velasco Ibarra



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Animals in Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Our trips to Puerto Velasco Ibarra

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