The Cracks - Las Grietas – Puerto Ayora, Ecuador - Atlas Obscura

The Cracks - Las Grietas

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

These mammoth-yet-narrow crevasses in the Earth are perfect for taking an otherworldly swim. 


With certain gelogical formations, you may not want to take their name literally. But “Las Grietas,” or “The Cracks,” are exactly what they sound like.

On Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands, the deep cuts in the Ecuadorian landscape forming The Cracks run hundreds of feet into the Earth, creating incredibly narrow sheer-walled canyons filled with crystal clear water. Popular with adventurers and naturalists, The Cracks provide a surreal landscape for kayaking or swimming that is hard to imagine anywhere else.

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