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Las Grietas

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Address: Trail From West of Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Best place for swimming on Sta Cruz Island

This are the brackish water natural swimming pools. Water is deep and crystal clear. This great place or swimming and snorkeling. It is relatively small and it gets crowded in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Wichita, Kansas

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This are the brackish water natural swimming pools. Water is deep and crystal clear. This great place or swimming and snorkeling. It is relatively small and it gets crowded in the afternoon so I recommend you to visit it early morning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

absolutely delight to swim in clear deep water mixed salty/fresh with large fish wich dosn't care about humans .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A cheap day activity. From Santa Cruz take the water taxi (80 cents) to the other side "Otro lado" and follow the path through Playa los Alemanes. A ten min walk up the trail. the rest is free. Sign in with the ranger for safety, then take a few steps down to the rocks. safe to change and leave bags... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a fairly long walk. Do not bring any valuables if you are going to go in the water. Many jump in, and some snorkel.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for something to do while you're waiting for your cruise to start then this is a good alternative. Only a short walk rewarded by a swim in the crevasses.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

las Griestas are accessed easily from a short boat ride and a 30 minute walk from the town square in puerto ayora. The formation is very interest as though the earth has been split apart by powerful forced and the water came rushing in. The water is cold, but you must jump in to get the full experience.

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Salento, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Las Grietas is located very close to town. Just take a water taxi over and a short hike from there. It's free to visit, but make sure you come early since it gets really crowded starting at around 10am. Its definitely worth a visit though if you have some time to spare. check out my blog for more info about... More 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Las Grietas is a volcanic rock formation, located 3 km from Puerto Ayora, west of Bahia Academia, on Santa Cruz Island. It is formed by interesting fissures of lava that form two giant walls crossed by an arm of brackish water filtered from the high part where it mixes with the sea water. Highly recommended for swimming and snorkelling by... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this place with the gide from our half day trip in the afternoon. The nature is nice. You can swim between the rocks, but it's not easy to stand or swim without touching the rocks under water. The water is pretty warm.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here because we were on a daytrip. It was busy and a lot of people were in the water. If you get in, watch out you dont hurt yourself on the rocks. Its a nice surroundings to swim between.

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