Las Grietas, Puerto Ayora

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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  • Very nice ride. I recommend to wear slippers to walk on rocks that can get wet, and snorkeling.
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  • It is worth to visit the Grietas. If you come later, then it could be tight. Has many local tourists.
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  • Must do activity when on Santa Cruz, walk along salt marshes, swarmed with tons of birds of varieties. Crisp (not chilly) water, suitable to swim in. Diving board (simple wood plank) is safe, though s...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite places of the world. I definitely suggest visit it. You are able to swim in the middle of two cracks and make snorkeling. I saw a lot of fishes. If you cannot swim well I suggest using a life best or armbands.
  • So worth the adventurous walk to get here. Bring your mask, snorkel and wet shoes (rocks are super slippery) and anything else you need - drinking water, towels, sunscreen, and enjoy a gorgeous unique swimming between the rocky canyon walls. We loved it!! PS this canyon swimming spot is at least 15 minutes hike past the first Las Grietas lagoon beach area. Keep going and going so worth the trip.
  • Peaceful if you arrive as early as possible
  • Amazing and beautiful! The water is cool and calm, and not as salty as the ocean. Rent snorkel gear before you arrive because you can't rent it there.
  • Nice excursion from town, snorkeling equipment or goggles are advisable. Proceed beyond the first pool to avoid the crowds.

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Where to stay in Puerto Ayora

As a popular jumping-off point for Galapagos visitors, Puerto Ayora receives loads of tourists, and therefore features many of the accommodation options you might expect from a major destination. Though there are types of lodging to suit all kinds of budgets, prices in general tend to be higher in Puerto Ayora than in mainland Ecuador. The more upscale hotels catering to wealthier visitors lie along the waterfront in the vicinity of Avenida Charles Darwin, and offer excellent access to the sea, port, and restaurant scene. Consider renting out a private apartment room or staying in a smaller-scale hotel a few blocks back from the ocean in order to cut down on costs, as the city itself is easily walkable.
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