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Don’t go if the weather is really overcast

Our driver dropped us here. The sign said it was a 30 minute walk. It is straight uphill so be... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2018
dixiepeach
,
Kansas City
via mobile
Very Good Views; interesting to see

We rented a taxi and visited this fresh water lake, 700 m above sea level. There are spectacular... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Rochelle F
,
West Orange, New Jersey
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“frigate birds” (15 reviews)
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Our driver dropped us here. The sign said it was a 30 minute walk. It is straight uphill so be ready for a hike. After walking 40 minutes we were on the summit and could only see about 30 yards in front of us. We...More

Thank dixiepeach
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We rented a taxi and visited this fresh water lake, 700 m above sea level. There are spectacular panoramic views at the top. We were lucky as it was clear! We heard that often the crater lake is misted in and the views are limited...More

Thank Rochelle F
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This has been my research site and so I am biased, but the lake is spectacular so long as it is not cloudy (then you can't even see that there is a lake). The only permanent freshwater lake in the islands. Great walk (easy) around...More

Thank Pollenman
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

I'm not a huge nature person (or into hiking up mountains), but this lake hidden on top of a mountain simply took my breath away. I could sit there and stare for it for hours and not get bored- super relaxing and almost mystical.

Thank Lily R
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

I'd suggest a guided tour. The views are really impressive. You'll have to walk up the mountain which is maybe a ten minute climb. The weather is a good bit cooler than in town, too. At the top, you can see almost all over the...More

Thank Paul E
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

We took a taxi from the center of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to the base of this volcano and climbed up the wooden staircase to the top where we could look down on the lake formed by a volcanic eruption. we circumnavigated the crater which had...More

1  Thank jauchzet
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The most practice way to visit it is to take a "cab" , expecting to pay usd 35 for the car, round trip. On Sundays, there is also a municipal bus (expect to oay usd 2)that leaves at 8am from the Municipal Market. One of...More

Thank Rafaella P
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

El Junco is a freshwater ancient caldera lake that is what caused San Cristobal to be the first Galapagos island to be settled. Takes 30 to 60 minutes to hike all the way around it, depending on your pace. If it's misty/raining, it's hard to...More

Thank Jim and Julie M
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

we came her by car and we did not need a guide (it saved us almost $100) a great place for bird watching.

1  Thank zachhinks
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

There is quite a climatic difference as you drive from the town up to this nearby volcanic crater. The hot sunny day was replaced by cool winds and misty rain. The walk around the crater was interesting though in spots the track was a bit...More

Thank juanofthejungle
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