Hike (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
Land Iguanas, Sea lion colony, Galapagos Shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, amazing landscape
Named after a former president of Ecuador, General Leonidas Plaza, the Plazas Islands are twin islands located off the east coast of Santa Cruz. North Plaza is closed due to scientific research, and South Plaza is the visitor site. Both islands were formed by geological uplift, making the islands tilt to the north. The islands southern portion having a greater degree of uplift contains cliffs with wonderful views. South Plaza is the best island for observing Land Iguanas, along with Cactus Finches, tropicbirds and sea lions. One of your first stops will be through a small “forest” of Prickly Pear Cactus. The walk along the sea cliffs is a wonderful experience, with Galapagos Shearwaters and Red-billed Tropicbirds gliding by. Towards the end of the walk is a bachelor sea lion colony, with a battle-scared collection of old bulls in various states of recuperation or total retirement!