Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker - Las Plazas
Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker - Tortuga Bay
Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker - Cerro Crocker
Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker - Cerro Crocker
Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker - Tortuga Bay

Plazas, Gorden Rocks, Las Gratas, Cerro Crocker Puerto Ayora Reviews

bosley520 bosley520
3 reviews
Jun 24, 2007
I was in the Galapagos Islands for three weeks and while I visited three different islands, my favorite by far was Santa Cruz. I stayed in the town of Puerto Ayora which is the largest on the island and where there are lots of things to occupy your time. If your looking to see the Galapagos in its natural state, take a boat trip to Plazas. Its has an undisturbed habitat where you can walk around the perimeter of the island and take pictures of the wildlife. Land iguanas, sea lions, lava lizards and all of the sea birds inhabit this island and you can get up really close to them. You may need a guide to get onto the island however. As with most places in the Galapagos, the government strictly protects the national parks and you're not supposed to be on most parts outside of the towns without a nature guide. If you're in the mood for hiking, the tallest volcano on the island will surly suffice. It's a couple hour hike to the top of the volcano and only one of the paths will take you easily to the top. The other has you cutting your way through overgrown ferns and picking your way up the slope nearly on your own. The top is a half a mile high and easily distinguished by the antennas at the top.

For those more into water sports, there is Gorden rocks which is a great place to go scuba diving. I saw 3 different schools of hammer head sharks there along with sea lions, green sea turtles, and rays. Large things are known to congregate around Gorden Rocks so you can dive it multiple times and it will never be the same. The water here is cold at around 67 F and thermoclines down to 62 F. The diving in the Galaps is expensive. For my experience it was $108 USD to $130 USD. Swimming is also an option and if you don't mind taking a taxi to the 'other side' as it's known and a little walk you can get to Las Gratas. It's a large crack in the ground full of salt and brackish water that you can swim in or cliff jump off of. This water is warmer than that of the ocean and coming with friends for the afternoon is a good way to pass some time.
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