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Cliff Jumping at Las Grietas Galapagos Islands

Las Grietas is literally translated as “crevice”. We did some light hiking over lava rocks and passed salt lagoons to Las Grietas, but once we arrived, we had to go down steep stairs onto an area of large rocks. It was so crowded that we ended up hanging out on the rocks watching other people cliff jump and snorkel.

This is a birds eye view of the crevice on google earth:
Las Grietas Google earth on google maps.Pin
The Las Grietas fjords stretches from Estrada Point to the western part of Academy End. It is several kilometers deep and the body of water is a mix of sea water and rain water, which creates a unique ecosystem.
This is a photo of our hike to Las Grietas on Santa Cruz Island.Pin
Found this little guy, the Galapagos lava lizard, on the hike. Apparently they are everywhere, but it was our first time seeing it.
Galapagos Lava Lizards (Microlophus albemariensis)Pin
Also THIS. *shrug*
Tree balls?Pin
Hiking down to Las Grietas in Galapagos Islands.Pin
Snorkeling and Cliff Jumping at Las Grietas Santa Cruz Island. Pin
These were the first guys we saw cliff jumping. but there was a higher ledge that no one had the balls to jump off of.
Cliff jumps at Las Grietas in Santa Cruz.Pin
Snorkeling and Cliff Jumping at Las Grietas Santa Cruz Island. Pin
All photos above were taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and 70-200mm / 2.8L lens.

Tips for your Las Grietas excursion:
  • Trail Length: 550 m (0.3 miles), Time required: 20 minutes
  • Hours of Operation: 6AM-6PM
  • Bring your swimsuits, sunblock, towel, and sturdy shoes for the rockier areas.
  • Bring some snacks, because you will be hungry by this time.
  • There is a pitstop in the middle where you can buy yourself a popsicle made of fresh fruit to cool off.

I’ve gone cliff jumping when I was a little kid, but I imagine it’s quite a different experience now.

Have you gone cliff jumping before? What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Utterly gorgeous. Adding cliff jumping to my post-pregnancy activity list. Such a thrilling adventure! Not to mention how lovely that water is. Hello Spring!

    1. esther julee

      Thank you @mismatchedsimplicity:disqus! :) send me photos if / when you do! hopefully, next time i have the opportunity, i won’t be chicken.

  2. mibkim

    The water looks so clean! Looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never jumped off a cliff before, I’m way too chicken to jump!

    1. esther julee

      It was really clean! :) I feel like they do a good job of preserving the land and animals. I haven’t done it in such a long time. I probably would be chicken too. I’ve done bungee jumping before, but with that I don’t feel like I’ll hit my head on a rock or hit some sharp rocks below. :P I always worry that I won’t jump far enough.

  3. Paige Williams

    That looks so fun!! How tall was the cliff that no one would jump off of?

    1. esther julee

      I’m not sure of the measurements, but it was approximately double the ledge shown in the photo! :)

      1. Paige Williams

        Oh wow! That’s crazy. I’m not sure if I would be brave enough to do it either :) I really enjoy seeing pictures from all of your adventures. Thanks for sharing them.

        1. esther julee

          Thank you so much Paige! :) Thanks for coming by and commenting. I just added your blog to my feedly. :)

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