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Lagoon El Junco

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A copycat of Quilotoa - Well Not Quite but similar

After having lunch, we stopped by here and started a climb to the stairs. It was short, about 15 minutes. Then we got to the top and watched the clouds move so fast. There was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Manta, Manabi, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

incredible place where San Cristobal get almost all its fresh water from ! nice place to stop for a few minutes..

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

After having lunch, we stopped by here and started a climb to the stairs. It was short, about 15 minutes. Then we got to the top and watched the clouds move so fast. There was a lagoon on top of the hill. It reminded me of Quilotoa. But then Q was much larger. This was a very nice 45 minutes... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

El Junco is the mayor lagoon of sweat water of all islands. To get here you can hire a tour or by taxi ($2 from town). From parking lot you have to walk up like 1 mile or 300 to 400 steps to get to the top. You have here a path that you can walk around the lagoon. If... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Worth the exercise to go up the 300 steps to the top and then down the dirt path to the little viewing platform. you can't actually get to the lagoon due to the foliage and conservation efforts. Frigates dive into the water for fish and it is a spectacular serene place to come for a short visit while your taxi... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Included on many (~$60) taxi tours of the "highlands," the lagoon is freshwater and circled by a path that makes for a pleasant walk. Good views of SE part of island if the weather is clean. You can also usually see a few frigate birds circling and swooping in for a drink. Walk up from the parking lot is a... More 

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Premiá de Mar, Catalonia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It was a really nice place. A taxi can get you there but you'll have to walk 500m up. While you're travelling to the "parte alta" you get to see a lot of microclimates

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It's a very scenic hike around the interesting freshwater lake. The hike is not very steep, but, is quite slippery in places. We saw quite a few of the magnificent frigate birds, returning from the sea, that came to wash the salt off their feathers in the fresh water of the lake. The view of the surrounding mountains through the... More 

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Nontron, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

On the day we chose to visit as part of a tour with our taxi driver it was pouring with rain and very misty, so we didn't actually see very much. There is quite a steep walk to the top, take care some of the steps are broken and when wet its quite slippery. You really need a clear day... More 

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Milton, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It was so cloud covered we weren't able to see much. I generally love hikes but this one was brutal without much payoff at the end. Let me save you the trip by saying that things are very green and lush at the top...

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My guide brought us here following the turtle breeding center. It is the highest point on San Cristobal Island at about 2300 ft or 700 m. It's a relatively easy 1/2 mile hike up although it can be a bit slippery before the wooden steps start. There are few freshwater lakes in the Galapagos and this caldera of a large... More 

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