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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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Free place to swim and snorkel on Santa Cruz island

If you like to swim and snorkel, this is definitely worth it. You take a water taxi from the pier for 80 cents. They drop you off near this restaurant/hotel. Just follow the only... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Matagalpa, Nicaragua

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you like to swim and snorkel, this is definitely worth it. You take a water taxi from the pier for 80 cents. They drop you off near this restaurant/hotel. Just follow the only path there is. You'll hit a very small beach. Just keep following the signs towards Las Grietas. After you pass the beach you'll weave through some... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth an hour or so. It's a landlocked body of salt water about a football field in length. It has pretty fish in it and there's another little piece of it you can get to by swimming under a rock (a ten second swim). You need to be fairly agile if you go further as the rocks... More 

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Las Grietas Is the natural Canyon swimming hole. It is a fantastic experience to be swimming in a canyon without lifeguards in this wonderfully cold water. It's a long hike from the water taxi to hear but it was worth every drop of sweat.

Thank Maria G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pictures don't do it justice so you just have to go and see it, swim in the canyon and enjoy it. Nice walk there and had a chilled hour around the canyon.

Thank Manijj
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The grietas are the grietas just like the pics I recommend you go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hot sun while walking there. take something to drink with you and some sharp rock on way so take shoes.

Thank maxiroxy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here as part of a tour. It was very interesting to see and swim between the lava walls. The walk to it was even more interesting as you travel by a salt lake. It is worth a visit and a swim. The snorkeling was not as good as was expected.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short story: interesting hike (walk) to a gorgeous deep swimming canyon. Long story: As we embarked for Las Grietas, we were told by some that it was a hike, and by others that it was a walk. Some said that shoes were essential, while others seemed to suggest that one could do it barefoot. Typical to the vague and contradictory... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's a short hike to Las Grietas with its protected watering hole at the end of the trail. The vertical chasm walls keep the area in the shade most of the day, which is a nice reprieve from the unforgiving sun, allowing people to swim for hours and not burn! There's a nice wooden platform to get down to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a taxi ride and a long hike through beautiful beaches and terrain, we discovered this amazing hidden swimming area. Be careful - the rocks are slippery and there's nowhere to safely store valuables while swimming! There are some beautiful fish and a dock to watch the locals jump off of. The hike is really nice and offers chances to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A little confusing to find but worth the walk. Can get crowded at times but still a great experience. Unfortunately some degenerates graffitied the rocks which is sad but the natural beauty shines through.

Thank Alisha W

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