Islas Plazas Travel Guide

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  • Islas Plazas
    by Gypsystravels
  • Islas Plazas
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Islas Plazas Things to Do

  • On the trail

    The trail here is a loop, 2.5 km in length and rated moderate, although I found it easier going than many others. It leads gently uphill from the landing place through a very striking landscape of rocky soil and brightly coloured vegetation. This is sesuvium or Galápagos carpet weed which is turned vivid shades of red by the arid conditions at the...

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  • On the cliffs

    The trail climbs quite gently and on the far side of South Plaza emerges on top of a cliff, from where we had a wonderful view of the birdlife of this island. Shearwaters were wheeling in the sky, heading straight for the cliffs and veering away each time just before touching them as if they had some sort of built-in radar. Frigatebirds were riding...

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  • Frigatebirds

    There are two species of frigatebirds in the Galapagos Islands, the Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) and the Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor). There are about 1000 pairs of the Magnificent Frigatebird spread in 12 colonies, and a few thousand pairs of the Great Frigatebird, also in 12 colonies.The frigatebirds are large seabirds with...

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  • Land Iguanas

    Land Iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) are endemic to the Galapagos Islands and they can be seen on several of the islands. For visitors it is easiest to see them on Isla Santa Cruz (at Cerro Dragon), on South Plaza and on North Seymour. I visited Cerro Dragon and South Plaza and saw several Land Iguanas at both places. The Land Iguanas on Isla...

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  • Marine Iguanas

    One of the highlights of Galapagos Islands is to see the amazing Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). They are endemic to the islands and they are also the only lizards in the word that swim in the sea. The Marine Iguanas spend most of their time on land, but they feed on algae and seaweed. There are seven subspecies of Marine Iguanas in the...

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  • Swallow-tailed Gull

    The Swallow-tailed Gull (Creagrus furcatus) is endemic to Galapagos Islands, well almost endemic, as there is a small colony on the Colombian island Malpelo too. The population of Swallow-tailed Gull in the Galapagos Islands consists of 10000 - 15000 pairs, spread in 50 breeding colonies throughout the islands (but not on Fernandina and the west...

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Islas Plazas Transportation

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    by toonsarah Written Dec 23, 2012

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    We had arrived at the Plazas just before lunch, and the Angelito had moored between the two islands, of which only South Plaza can be visited (North Plaza being closed for scientific research). The panga took us across to the landing place as soon as we had eaten, and we made a dry landing on to a low stone jetty which led to a rocky shoreline. Here there was a stone obelisk indicating that this is part of the Galápagos National Park (as are all the islands and their visitor sites). There were several Galápagos sea lions on the rocks here, along with Sally Lightfoot crabs and some Swallow-tailed gulls.

    But we didn’t spend a lot of time here, and instead soon set off on the trail across the island.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

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Islas Plazas Warnings and Dangers

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    by DennyP Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    One thing became very apparent here and that was how difficult it was to walk on this uneven volcanic jagged rock surface. Make sure that you have a really good pair of walking / hiking boots or shoes.Two people in our group got badly twisted ankles. This obviously can have a really bad affect on your visit. Of course it is worse in some places than others but as these are all very volcanic Islands. This Island is exceptionall hot and dry with little foliage only cactus
    BE AWARE OF THIS DANGER..

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    • National/State Park
    • Photography

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