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LAS GRIETAS Santa Cruz Island 


Permitted Uses:   Interpretive and recreational tours   Associated tourist activities defined by DPNG     Photography and filming

This site is very close to Puerto Ayora, west of Academy Bay.  

To get there you need to take a panga from the Municipal pier to the dock at the Hotel Delfin, from there you have to follow the trail that passes through the lagoons, the beach and the residential area until you reach the cliff of the largest crevice. The trail is marked with stakes in the park. 

It is open area, but we must take precautions, since a fall from the edge of the cliff could be fatal. 

A guide is not required to go to this sector. It is important to collect trash from around and not carry organic food that has seeds. All garbage must be brought back to town. 

The lagoons found on the path are salt water and are an ideal place for migratory and coastal birds such as Black-Necked Stilts, Whimbrels, White-cheeked Pintail ducks, Lava gulls and Ruddy Turnstones. 

In Las Grietas you can appreciate two layers of water very clearly. The surface water is fresh water that filters down from the top before reaching the ravine and the bottom water is salt water entering from the sea. The mixture of these two waters is called brackish water, which is used as running water in the town of Puerto Ayora.

The giant cactus that can be seen along the way have evolved looking for light so as to not be covered by the dense brush or for protection from land iguanas and giant tortoises that once inhabited the area and ate cactus.


 








LOCATION

Escalera
La Playa
Daphne Major Isl.
Gardner Bay
Punta Suárez
Punta Espinoza
Asilo de la Paz
Cerro Alieri
La Lobería
Mirador de la Baronesa
Post Office
Punta Cormorant
Darwin Bay
El Barranco
Urbina Bay
Calera
Caleta Tagus
"ARNALDO TUPIZA" Breeding Center
The Wetlands
Concha de Perla
Cueva de Sucre
Las Tintoreras
Sulfur mines

ISLAND

Bartolomé Island
Bartolomé Island
Daphne Major Isl.
Española Island
Española Island
Fernandina Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Genovesa Island
Genovesa Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island

 

Mirador del Mango
Playa Tortuga Negra
Punta Albemarle
Punta Moreno
Volcán Alcedo
V. Sierra Negra/V.Chico
Plazas Sur
Rábida
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo
Cerro Tijeretas
Galap. Cerro Colorado
Galapaguera Natural
Lobos Island
Jardín de las Opuntias
La Lobería
"El Junco" Lagoon
Manglecito
Playa Baquerizo
Playa Ochoa
Puerto Chino
Puerto Grande
Punta Carola

 

Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
South Plaza Isl.
Rábida Island
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.

 

Punta Pitt
Ballena Bay
Tortuga Bay
Fausto Llerena Breeding Cent.
M. Cifuentes Visitor Center
Cerro Dragón
El Garrapatero
El Mirador de los Túneles
Las Grietas
/ Los Gemelos
Playa de la Estación
Playa Las Bachas
Playa de Los Perros
Puntudo/Cerro Crocker
El Chato reserve
Santa Fe
Sullivan Bay
Salt mines
Playa Espumilla
Puerto Egas
North Seymour
Mosquera
Sombrero Chino

 

San Cristóbal Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Fe Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
N. Seymour Isl.
Mosquera Island
Sombero Chino Isl.

LOCATION

Bartolomé Punta
Daphne Minor
El Arco
El Arenal
Bajo Gardner
Gardner Island
Islote Osborn
Punta Suárez
Cabo Douglas
Cabo Hammond
Punta Espinoza
Punta Mangle
Corona del Diablo
Caldwell Island
Islote Champion
Islote Enderby
Islote Gardner
Islote Watson
Darwin Bay
Elizabeth Bay
Cabo Marshall
Cabo Rosas
Caleta Shimpth
Tagus Cove
Cowley Island
Tortuga Island
Tortuga Oeste Islet

ISLAND

Bartolomé Island
Daphne Minor Isl.
Darwin Island
Darwin Island
Española Island
Española Island
Española Island
Española Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Genovesa Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island

 

La Viuda
Punta Alfaro
Punta García
Punta Vicente Roca
Roca Blanca
Roca Cuatro Hermanos
Roca Redonda
Roca Unión
Playa Negra
Punta Espejo
Punta Mejía
Punta Montalvo
Islote Mosquera
Cabo Chalmers
Cabo Ibbetson
Puerto Posada
Punta Nerus
Islote Dumb
Islote Onan
Roca Sin Nombre
Plazas Sur
Rábida Island
Cerro Tijeretas
Lobos Island
Five Fingers Islet
Islote Punta Pitt

 

Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinzón Island
Pinzón Island
Pinzón Island
Plazas Island
Rábida Island
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.

 

León Dormido
Roca Ballena
Roca Este
Caleta Tortuga Negra
Guy Fawkes Sur
Edén Island
Islote Camaño
Las Palmitas
Punta Carrión
Punta Estrada
Rocas Gordon
Fondeadero
Punta El Miedo
James Bay
Caleta Bucanero
Islote Albany
Roca Cousins
Roca Don Ferdi
Rocas Bainbridge
Rocas Beagle
Canal Seymour
Zona Nor-Este
El Derrumbe
Islote La Ventana
La Banana
Punta Shark Bay

 

San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
North Seymour Isl.
North Seymour Isl.
Wolf Island
Wolf Island
Wolf Island
Wolf Island




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CONTACT

NATIONAL PARK

Management of native
and endemic species


Control and eradication
of introduced animals


Control and eradication
of introduced plants


Island control and monitoring


MARINE RESERVE

Applied marine research

Management and support for fisheries

Marine control and monitoring


TOURISM

Visitor sites
and naturalist guides


Visitor management
system


Local participation,
quotas y patents



DEVELOPMENT

Environmental management
in populated areas


Special use
of protected areas


Agricultural development


SCIENCE

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protocols, etc..