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 formed as 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.
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
- Only place known where marine and land iguana produce hybrids
- Galapagos Frigatebirds
- Galapagos Blue-Footed Booby
- Galapagos Sea Lion
- Galapagos Marine Iguana
- Darwin's Finches
- Nazca Booby
- Galapagos Red-Billed Tropicbird
- Galapagos Land Iguana
- Galapagos Green Turtle
- Galapagos Sting Rays
- Galapagos Lava Lizard
- Galapagos Dove
- Galapagos Shearwater
- Galapagos Petrel
- Galapagos Lava Gull
- Galapagos Swallow-Tailed Gull
- Brown Pelican
- Great Blue Heron
- Galapagos Lava Heron