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Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

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  • Boat taxi to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • Trail signage for Las Greitas.- Las Grietas
  • Trail signage for Las Greitas.- Las Grietas
  • Trail signage for Las Greitas.- Las Grietas
  • Trail signage for Las Greitas; don't feed the animals.- Las Grietas
  • The trail to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • The trail to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • The trail to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • The trail to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • The trail to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • The trail to Las Grietas.- Las Grietas
  • Trail signage for Las Greitas.- Las Grietas
  • Las Greitas consists of three consecutive pools within "the cracks."- Las Grietas
  • Las Greitas consists of three consecutive pools within "the cracks."- Las Grietas
  • Las Greitas consists of three consecutive pools within "the cracks."- Las Grietas
  • Las Greitas consists of three consecutive pools within "the cracks."- Las Grietas
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Clear water. Unique swimming hole. Small underwater caves to explore.
Cons: 
Possible crowds. Cliff jumping is limited for safety reasons.
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Region:
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Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Las Grietas is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Grieta is Spanish for "crack," and the aptly named Las Grietas are deep cracks in the volcanic landscape leading out to the ocean. 

At Las Grietas there are three consecutive pools that can all be easily reached by swimming. The water is crystal clear and often has a deep emerald or blue color, making this a fun snorkel destination. You will find small caves along the sides of each of the pools approximately 5 to 10 feet underwater, and there are a good number of fish near the bottom of the pools approximately 25 feet down. 

If the pools are not too crowded, this is an ideal location for cliff jumping. Jagged rock walls allow for climbing and jumping from numerous locations, and the deep cracks ensure plenty of depth for even the highest of jumps. 

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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