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Lagoon El Junco

Ecuador
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Munich, Germany
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110 reviews 110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Lagoon El Junco is a nice place but you have to be lucky finding a day with good weather. You can reach it after a short walk through a flight of steps. Be careful, because it could be slippery. We were there and we were able to see the lagoon quite clearly just before fog and rain came in!

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Long Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
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11 helpful votes 11 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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70 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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184 reviews 184 reviews
34 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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