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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
San Francisco, California
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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400 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Sept 28 Darwin passed by El Junco in the morning but kept on going since it was clouded over. We tried again in the afternoon after lunch. Thank goodness we had our trekking poles to help climb the 400+ steps to the top. Hoping that the lake would be visible, we were, of course, disappointed that the lake was under... More 

Thank alohatripper
San Salvador, El Salvador
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

One place to have a cold weather in the island is this lagoon. Great view from all around the lagoon. Not for a long stay, an hour would be fine.

Thank DiegoAlbertoPerez
Manta, Manabi, Ecuador
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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..

Thank OceanFreaks
San Francisco, California
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328 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
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 

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank Mateo J
The Woodlands, Texas
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97 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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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426 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
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 

Thank LMOverby
Premiá de Mar, Catalonia, Spain
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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392 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
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 

Thank Dajoma
Nontron, France
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161 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
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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