South Plaza Terrain and Land Iguanas

Mike and Liz Downing
Fri 16 Apr 2010 17:49
The island is only very small - you can walk round it in 40 minutes - and is very arid with cactus and clumps of vegetation. There are sea cliffs on the south side where sea birds nest and feed. The island has a resident colony of sea lions and the dominant male sea lion is so territorial that they don't allow snorkeling along the coast. The island is home to land iguanas as well as birds, the sea lions and loads of brightly coloured crabs. The islands have marked trails that you have to follow and you have to have an official guide with you at all times.
Our transport, with North Plaza behind. Visitors are not allowed on North Plaza.
Cactus - opuntia, or prickly pear 
We came across quite a few land iguanas. Some in the open like this one and some well camouflaged in
the vegetation. 
They spend most of their time basking in  the sun and they ignore people, so they're not
difficult to photograph!
If they move, it's generally quite slowly, except when the have found food. This one found a spent prickly
 pear flower and was scurrying off to find a secluded place to eat it.