Santa Cruz Island, Las Grietas

Las Grietas is a volcanic rock formation located 3 km from Puerto Ayora, west of Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island. Interesting fissures formed by lava that form two giant walls pierced by a stretch of brackish water filtered from the top where it mixes with seawater. Highly recommended for swimming and snorkelling, the transparency of its water.

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  • City:Santa Cruz Island
  • Sector:South
  • Address: 3 km. Puerto Ayora
  • Schedule of attention:Daily
  • Cost of revenue:Free



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Information of Las Grietas

Las Grietas are one of the main attractions for locals and visitors of Santa Cruz Island. Here you can see two layers of water.

The surface water is fresh water coming down from the top and reaches the crack and leak through the bottom water is salt water entering from the sea. The mixture of these two waters is called brackish water, which is used as running water in the town of Puerto Ayora.

The temperature in the cracks varies between 18 and 20 º C. Presents two seasons and the dry season from June to December drizzle. The hot and rainy season is from January to May.

The giant cactus that can be seen on the road have changed for light and not to be covered by dense shrub vegetation or to protect land iguanas and giant tortoises that inhabited the place before and ate cactus.

To get to the shouts it is necessary to take a skiff from the pier to the dock of the Hotel Dolphin, hence a short walk along a path that passes through the outlet water lagoons, ideal for coastal and migratory birds such as lapwings real curlews, gulls patillos lava and rocks again. After you reach the beach and the residential area until you reach the precipice of the largest crack.

In the shouts you can enjoy the spectacle of marine iguanas, sea turtles, rays, white tip sharks, giant turtles, flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, short-eared owls, woodpeckers, petrels, pelicans, manta rays, Galapagos hawks , marine iguanas and sea lions.

Santa Cruz Island, Las Grietas


Map Las Grietas, Santa Cruz Island Galapagos

Map of Las Grietas, Santa Cruz Island Galapagos



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