Las Grietas Lagoon on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Las Grietas Lagoon is a missed natural attraction by many tourists to the Galapagos Islands but don’t let that be you! For those who are in the know and have the time, it’s unforgettable and worth the rocky 30 minute or so walk getting there.

Looking at the Rocky Entrance to the Lagoon from Steps Above
Looking at the Rocky Entrance to the Lagoon from Steps Above

Once you get there, swim, dive down to see the entrances to underwater tunnels or if really brave, jump off the cliff like you see in the photo below – a favorite past time of many locals and a few crazy tourists take part too.

What Crazy Ecuadorians and Tourists Do at the Lagoon - Jump off the Top!
What Crazy Ecuadorians and Tourists Do at the Lagoon – Jump off the Top!

Be sure to start your walk by 10 a.m. or so, when the sun starts to shine strongly midday it can be very uncomfortable as the hike is not easy, it is rocky terrain and you need to watch your footing closely and take it slow. And, don’t be a dumb tourist… wear proper walking shoes or sandals, no flip flops, this isn’t a short stroll to the hotel pool 🙂

About 10 minutes walking from Finch Bay and past the sign below is Paradise Bar with cold beer, water & light snacks. You may not even notice it when walking past. It is open in the afternoon, at other times boarded shut.

 Las Grietas Lagoon on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.  Outdoor Bar About Midway on the Hike, Open in Afternoons
Outdoor Bar About Midway on the Hike, Open in Afternoons

Not the greatest photo but a very important sign! Look at the arrow at the bottom. You don’t want to miss that as the path is long enough already. This is after you pass German Beach at Finch Bay, before you get to Paradise Bar.

Sign on the Trail to Las Grietas Lagoon
Sign on the Trail to Las Grietas Lagoon

This (photo below) is what you will walk across on the way to Las Grietas Lagoon. It was shot just Past Paradise Bar, about 10 Minutes before you reach the lagoon. Most important to note is that water levels change during the day, so on your return it may look completely different.

 Las Grietas Lagoon on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. What Part of the Hike Looks LIke
What Part of the Hike Looks LIke

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