Whilst her twin, North Plaza, is closed to visitors, South Plaza is one of the best visitor sites in the Galapagos thanks to the large number of species present on her small area.
The Plazas were the result of a geological uplift, and because this was uneven they both have cliffs on their south sides and low lying shores on their northern coasts.
The most noticeable (and noisiest) of South Plaza's residents are her Galapagos Sea Lions, who have a large colony here. Less obvious are her land iguanas (the smallest in the islands), many marine iguanas and large numbers and varieties of seabirds.
Inland is a mix of scrubby vegetation and giant opuntia cactus forest, providing food for the iguanas. As you follow the circular hiking trail you will come to the summit of the cliffs here where you'll be among countless nesting seabirds.
Photos of A walk on South Plaza
Highlights at A walk on South Plaza
- Big colony of sea lions
- Many species of nesting seabirds
- Huge variety of wildlife on one small island