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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 Puerto Ayora vacation route planner makes visiting Las Grietas and other Puerto Ayora attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Cracks is a stop fixed when you go to Santa Cruz Island. You can walk along the beach from the Germans, there are signs you can't miss. Carries tennis shoes and in your bag sandals and swimsuit since you will want to jump into the water when you get there.
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  • The trail is half unclear but is in good condition. To reach the cracks you have to walk and climb a rest, so reaching them is the best, bathing in it is very refreshing. In addition there are cute fish snorkel there same can be so. The view from the top is very nice also.
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  • Las Grietas is an amazing natural site to go swimming or snorkeling. The basin is surrounded by rocks (canyon) and rare vegetation such as giant cactus. The water is limpid, full of fishes and salty b...  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