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Lagoon El Junco

Ecuador
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Long Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Everyone that we had talked to said that El Junco had been covered in clouds recently. Nonetheless, we decided to go and boy! are we glad we did! When we arrived it was perfectly clear, sunny even! We saw dozens of frigates dipping their wings, diving for a bath. Words cannot describe how beautiful this sight is! Before going, it... More

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Montreal, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Lagoon atop one of the peaks. Interesting to see, and a good variety of birds. Short walk up from the parking lot.

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Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is probably a great spot if you can catch it on a clear day. We did see frigates washing their wings and a couple of different varieties of finches. Nice views. Special note: If you have a private taxi driver be sure to stop at La Casa del Ceibo.

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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I'm a water engineer and even I did not find this small fresh water lake very interesting. It is only fresh water source on the island and dits in the top of a volcano. The views are quite lovely when the mist clears. The mist gives the place a serene feel. The frigate birds cleaning their feathers are interesting to... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Being the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos, we felt like we had to go. We were glad we did--the lake itself is very pretty and is a good place to see numerous birds, especially pintail ducks and frigate birds. The views of the island from there are also amazing! One word of caution, it's a steep climb there so... More

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IL, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

It may be amazing for it's location and geology, but basically it's a lake size of a pond. Saw 2 ducks and 1 frigate bird in flight. Only passing fog and panorama makes it interesting. Terrible and expensive drive up in a taxi through eroded road.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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167 reviews 167 reviews
71 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

A nice reservoir of fresh water up a 10 mn hike, can be misty, but if you are lucky you can see some of the local birds coming here to clean their feathers from the sea salt.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

If you go there, plan to do that in the afternoon on a clear day. Have good shoes on and bring a spair shirt cause it could be both rainy and misty. We didn´t see any birds but it was soo misty.

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Amsterdam
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168 reviews 168 reviews
34 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I'd recommend wearing summer hiking boots, loose fitting pants, and bringing along some water, a light raincoat, sunscreen and a hat for this walk. The path leading up from the road to the lake is short, but was quite muddy when we were there so it was great to have good, sturdy hiking boots. Peaceful location. Worth a visit if... More

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Sydney, Australia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
72 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Took a taxi ($20) from town. The last part was on foot. Very muddy. Lake was misted over but could see the outline of the crater lake. Nice.

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