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Las Grietas, Puerto Ayora

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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. Our Santa Cruz vacation route planner makes visiting Las Grietas and other Santa Cruz attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • While I was in the afternoon when there were many people really is a magical place you can snorkel and be really in love with this place.
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  • Cracks is a much-talked-about place tourist, but really if you have the option to visit almost in solitude experience will be unique. From the port of the city take a boat taxi (cost 0.80 dls) and takes you to the entrance of the trail of the cracks, you should pass the beach Germans (to not despair that the path is unclear and one believed to have arrived and is not so. Continuing along the tiny wall of stone and salis to a new path that will eventually take you to the cracks. When you get down a staircase and arribas a kind of wooden pallet from which you can launch you head, or the best option to take your snorkel and go in the water. If the day is a lot heat water will have a comfortable temperature and visibility will depend of as the rays of the Sun to reach the water. Lived recommend visiting it in the morning and until noon which was when I got to enjoy it without so many people in the place. in the afternoon many tours take tourists and you can be in the water with more than 50 people. With good visibility you can see fish shallow and enjoy a snorkel magnifico
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  • Got there around 11.30 and it was packed with school aged children on a tour who kept blocking the one entry and exit. Completely cleared around 12.30, so I'd advise to go early morning, or around lun...  more »
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  • To get here you get a boat for 80 cent and walk through a relatively short trail. The walk here goes through some barren looking landscape but the watering hole itself is nice. I didn't personally get in the water but others seemed to enjoy it. There was about 15-20 people here so I imagine if you got here in the morning it would be a bit better.
  • Totally worth seeing. It takes about 20min to walk. You can rent snorkels or goggles. I went at about 930am in August and it wasn't busy at all.
  • Is a nice walk to get there and the water is crystal clear, really cool place but isn't big so can be crowded
  • Small but really cool little spot. Just need a quick water taxi to take you across the bay and a short hike later past the salt pools you'll find yourself here.
  • Nice place to walk a little and have a nice swimming time, the waters are calm and you can see some fishes, even small sharks