Las Grietas
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David
14 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
A short walk from Playa de Alemanas. Thought that it was excessive to be charged $10 each for the guide to walk you 500m to the lagoon and back. However the lagoon is fantastic for snorkelling , very safe and great sea life.
Would recommend getting arriving early as I’m sure it would get very busy and over populated in the mid / high seasons . No storage areas or refreshment facilities / toilets so just take just a towel and cold refreshments.
A very recommended visit.
Written March 2, 2021
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product-of-canada
Toronto, Canada2,294 contributions
Jul 2022
Definitely a worthwhile stop while on Santa Cruz Island, and you have the time.

It was a bit surreal swimming in a cave-like environment. I would say it is worth the scramble through the rocks, at the mid-way point, to get to the other side of the Greitas. Much less busy over there. I did so, and I was the only one there.

If you do not want to scramble the rocks in the water, I noticed that they are building a wooden staircase on the other side. So you could just walk the perimeter to the back, and then enter the water from the back.

The reason for my 4/5 scoring is the lame, new $10 USD fee to enter. This was free pre-pandemic. There is no way there should be any charge for a government run/protected site after paying a $100 USD (cash only) fee at the airport. Boooooo!
Written September 10, 2022
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Cam
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Jun 2022
You must pay $10/person in order to get into the area and guided into the pools of water. The time you are allowed to swim is quite short (30-45 minutes), but it is very beautiful. There are many people in each group so be aware that you will be with many people and getting good pictures of the water may be difficult. They are mostly finished with a second area for swimming, which from my understanding will be split into day visitors and big tours. Hopefully that will help with how crowded this place can get.
Written June 20, 2022
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Tim G
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Solo
As of 2022 tourists are required to hire a guide and pay $10 to visit Las Grietas, while locals are allowed to visit for free without a guide. This is a new policy that is not reflected in most guidebooks - access used to be free for everyone. Even if I thought visiting Las Grietas was worth $10 (it's not), I would refuse to pay the entrance fee on principal, due to the discriminatory rules. There is no logical reason why only tourists and not locals would require a guide. In fact, there is no reason a guide would be needed at this site for any visitor, based on either safety or environmental factors. This new rule is a sneaky attempt by Puerto Ayora to extract even more money from tourists.

Please avoid visiting Las Grietas until free access is restored for everyone. Otherwise these discriminatory practices will be copied in other places and you will begin to see tourist fees and guide requirements for other sites in the Galapagos that are currently free. Vote with your wallet and let the local authorities know that this is not acceptable.

There is a nice beach (Playa de Los Alemanes) just before the entrance to Las Grietas that has excellent snorkeling at high tide. In about 15 minutes there I saw sharks, eels, rays, huge schools of fish, and a large variety of very colorful reef fish including some I hadn't seen anywhere else in the Galapagos. The snorkeling is vastly better here than at Las Grietas, and best of all it's free and you won't have a useless guide following you around.
Written November 20, 2022
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oretro
oretro16 contributions
Aug 2021
Top 3 worst things:

1. The wasps. They are EVERYWHERE near las grietas. Saw one guy who was exiting the water get stung... sounded painful.

2. The guide. She made us wait at multiple points before going to Las Grietas - I'll never get back those 45 minutes she spent inching us towards Las Grietas to keep to a timeline.

3. The time enforcements. We had to wait to form a group to go in. Then, we were given just twenty minutes to spend in Las Grietas. (We had spent ten of our precious thirty minutes putting on wetsuits, which we didn't know counted against our time).

I can understand having different prices for locals vs. visitors, so that is less the issue.
It was EXTREMELY crowded with tour groups coming and going. We were there at 10:15 a.m. on a Wednesday.
Written August 21, 2021
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clark5662
Saint Louis, MO175 contributions
Jul 2021
We took a water taxi from the Puerto Ayora harbor-very easy to manage and only a short distance, then walked to the entrance of Las Grietas (the crack). We were surprised that we could not gain entry (even though we didn't want to swim) unless we hired a guide at $10 per person. We had time to kill before our ferry left for Isabela, so we went ahead and hired the guide. It was worth it! The naturalist guide (in perfect English) explained how Las Grietas was formed and about all the different flora and fauna in the area. If we had wanted to swim, we would have been able to do that as well, for about an hour-then you need to leave so other's can enjoy the space as it is a small pool.
Written July 24, 2021
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Polly E
25 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We visited here after a two week visit to the Galapagos. We had already seen and learned so much from our other tours but still the guide was able to give us information that we hadn’t heard before. That is one reason why you pay $10 - the other is that the unique landscapes and wildlife can only survive if numbers of visitors and their behaviour are limited and controlled. The swimming hole is not enormous and would be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous if uncontrolled. Instead, the guides monitor the numbers snd make sure every has a fair time in the pool. They will be opening the second pool sometime in summer 2022 - the new steps were going in while we were there so that will help with capacity. Overall worth a visit.
Written June 5, 2022
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Emily B
Cincinnati, OH1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
We took a water taxi to the other side of the pier. They’re easy to catch-just look for the sign that says “Las Grietas.” Taxis seems to run all day, we never waited longer than 5 minutes for one. From there it’s a pleasant 5-10 minute walk on a path and then across Playa Alemanes to the tour guide stand. It costs ten dollars per person but we felt it was worth the money! Our guide took us on a short hike around Las Grietas and taught us a lot about the local plants and animals as well as the history of Santa Cruz. The hike paused at some beautiful overlooks of the ocean as well. When we arrived at Las Grietas we had about 45 minutes to snorkel. That was plenty of time to explore the small pool. The water was beautiful and refreshing. We saw tons of tropical fish and even an eel! It’s such a beautiful spot we ended up going twice during our trip. We rented snorkel gear ahead of time in town-I’d skip the flippers since it’s not a very big space and there’s no current. Las Grietas was definitely a highlight of our trip! Would definitely recommend checking it out!
Written July 7, 2022
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needhair
Brush, CO74 contributions
May 2021
My family and I went to Las Grietas in the morning as we had an afternoon ferry to Isabela. It's required that you have a guide which costs $10 per person. The guide was good and added some local information value to the visit.
Due to capacity constraints, you are only allowed at Las Grietas for an hour. Which is actually enough time to experience it.
Written June 8, 2021
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Emilia
Berlin, Germany81 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Note that, similar to other national park visiting points across the island, you must take a guide to walk the clearly marked path (and be charged 10$ per person). Can't go in alone.

To access, you must take a water taxi from the right side of the main pier (those are the yellow ones). 0,80$ per person. There is unfortunately no way to make the trekk on land, due to private properties along the way.

You then walk over a deck above the iguanas' nesting ground, cross the small Playa de los allemanos, and reach the main entrance.

After a short trekk (most of it is over vulcanic stones, so bring comfortable shoes!), and some great viewpoints, you will be led to the snorkeling pool where you will have 40 minutes before being called back.

Overall a nice experience, close to the town, though I think that charging 10$ for every park access across the island is infuriating, given that visitors are already charged 100$ for entering the national park of Galapagos. Only reason I am giving 4 stars, and not 5.
Written July 5, 2022
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