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Las Grietas, Puerto Ayora

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
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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  • There is a walking trail from the hotel. It is mostly just overgrown dense brush common to the rocky parts of the island. A few iguanas my be encountered along the way. Okay if you just want to stretc...  more »
  • Beautiful place. Really nice from the walk to get there to the crystalline water. Great for a good swim. Awesome place.  more »
  • a deep water crevice..u can swim through but no jumping off rocks. opps got yelled at ....not much to see..snorkel wise...kinda uneventful..but pretty  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.
  • Nice excursion from town, snorkeling equipment or goggles are advisable. Proceed beyond the first pool to avoid the crowds.
  • 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.
  • The water is so clear!
  • 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.