How to get to & enjoy Las Grietas in the Galapagos.

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The Enchanted Islands have accustomed us to a biological spectacle wherever you go, and Las Grietas is not far behind, where seawater and rainwater mix, which makes it a natural salubrious pool suitable for swimming.

Las Grietas is the ideal place for snorkeling, its crystal clear water lakes and the sun shining over the islands form a landscape that looks like something out of a fairy tale, discover its underwater life and let yourself be enchanted; Las Grietas del Amor is a volcanic fracture that extends from Punta Estrada to the west end of Bahia Academia and extends for several kilometers inland.

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Arriving at the Cracks - Santa Cruz / Photo by Responsible Travel

How to get to Las Grietas?

The entrance to the crevasses is via sea from the Puerto Ayora dockAt the dock, you will find water cabs which will take you to the dock of a private hotel for a modest price of 0.50 ctvs per person. Once you have arrived at the pier, you must take a walk of approximately 15 minutes, along a path that crosses saltwater lagoons, the beach and a residential area until you reach the ravine of the major crevice.

On the road that leads to Las Grietas, you will be able to see many giant cacti that have evolved in this way in search of light and with the aim of not being covered by vegetation dense bush or to protect themselves from the land iguanas and giant tortoises that used to inhabit the place, which fed precisely on cacti.

Galapagos - Baltra Island flight prices

Prices for flights to Galapagos vary depending on the airline, the season, how far in advance you buy your tickets and also the city of origin. Keep in mind that there are two main airports in the Galapagos Islands: the Seymour Airport in Baltra (GPS), and the san Cristobal Airport (SCY). 

Average prices for flights from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos They usually range between $250 and $500 per person roundtrip, If you are interested, you may find special offers or promotions at certain times of the year. 

Weather in las grietas

Santa Cruz Island (island where Las Grietas are located) and all the Galapagos Islands in general, have 2 seasons, the dry and garúa season from June to December with temperatures ranging between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius, and the hot and rainy season from January to May, with temperatures ranging between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Tourists' favorite season to visit the Enchanted Islands is usually the dry season, the sea waters in this season are cooler and marine life is more visible. However, the Galapagos weather is pleasant and tropical Throughout the year, any month you choose to explore the archipelago is great.

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Playa de los Alemanes - Road to Las Grietas / Photo by Responsible Travel

Activities to do in Las Grietas Galapagos

As we mentioned before, Las Grietas It is a magical place, the simple fact of observing the landscape that it offers you is already enjoying this wonderful place, also observing the variety of flora and fauna that Santa Cruz offers you on the way to the cracks; Once you have arrived you can do some swimming in this natural pool and also snorkeling, you will find countless colorful tropical fish, finally you cannot miss the opportunity to photograph this beautiful volcanic fault that nature created and we enjoyed.

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Local visitors on their way to Las Grietas/ Photo by Responsible Travel

Clothing and recommendations for visiting Las Grietas 

I recommend wearing closed-toe sports shoes, you will need them for the trail tour, in which you will find many volcanic rocks, you can also consider bringing water shoes, to be able to visit the 3 natural pools. 

We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle to any destination within the Galapagos Islands to stay hydrated, the sun can be somewhat intense and physical activities will require you to drink more water than usual.

If you are going snorkeling don't forget your personal gear, you can also rent equipment from local travel agencies. Bring your swimsuit and a towel.

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Tourists enjoying Las Grietas - Galapagos / Photo by Responsible Travel

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to swim in Las Grietas?

Yes, the formation creates a natural pool suitable for swimming. However, you must be quite cautious, the crevices are quite deep, you must know how to swim very well to be able to dive in them. 

What is the best time to visit Las Grietas?

Actually Galapagos has a warm tropical climate during all months of the year, you can visit Las Grietas in the month that fits your itinerary, you will still enjoy them.

What type of clothing should I wear to Las Grietas?

I recommend you wear light and comfortable clothes considering the tropical climate of Galapagos, also bring swimwear if you plan to take a dip in the middle of the crevices and a towel, do not forget a change of clothes.

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