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Las Grietas, Puerto Ayora

Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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Swim in crystal clear waters surrounded by craggy rock walls at Las Grietas. You'll find plenty of incredible nature on the path to the relatively hidden swimming spot, which you can reach by crossing a rocky lava field and walking by a cactus forest, before finally descending to the cool waters. Jump off the rock platform to make a splash, or grab your snorkel to check out the mysteries that lie beneath the surface. Don't forget to wear a pair of water-appropriate shoes, as the path can be extremely painful in bare feet. Put Las Grietas into our Puerto Ayora day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Puerto Ayora.
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  • We went there with my wife and my three kids and they ask us 50$ for 40 minutes snorkelling, and you have to pay even if you just wanna go ta take a picture. Everywhere you go in Perta Ayora they... 
    We went there with my wife and my three kids and they ask us 50$ for 40 minutes snorkelling, and you have to pay even if you just wanna go ta take a picture. Everywhere you go in Perta Ayora they...  more »
  • As of 2022 tourists are required to hire a guide and pay $10 to visit Las Grietas, while locals are allowed to visit for free without a guide. This is a new policy that is not reflected in most... 
    As of 2022 tourists are required to hire a guide and pay $10 to visit Las Grietas, while locals are allowed to visit for free without a guide. This is a new policy that is not reflected in most...  more »
  • I have visited Las Grietas in the past. You now have to pay $10 each for a tour guide. You cannot visit without the guide. One nice thing is they take you to the 2nd pool which was not easily... 
    I have visited Las Grietas in the past. You now have to pay $10 each for a tour guide. You cannot visit without the guide. One nice thing is they take you to the 2nd pool which was not easily...  more »
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  • Not super special, but a nice side trip if you have free day on Santa Cruz. I found it well worth it.
  • My second favourite place in Santa Cruz! (First Tortuga Bay). This time they opened a new grieta so there are 2 Grietas now. Still amazing to visit!
  • Beautiful place to swim. Entry with a local guide only, try to get there as early as possible, the view of the place without any people is astonishing. Water is not as warm as in Tortuga bay, but still warm enough. Snorkel is highly suggested.
  • Interesting rock formations and swimming in the crystal clear water was great!
  • Great place to go snorkelling in a 10m deep blue pool. This is very calm water with few fish. You can go to the end of the pool and behind there is a second pool after the rock. It's not allow to climb rock due to accident in the past, and not allow to eat to preserve the place.

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