& CARRION POINT
Departures: Monday and Thursday
LAND IGUANAS &
SEA LIONS WORLD
South Plaza is a small island of 13 hectares, located at the east of Santa Cruz. Its twin, North Plaza is reserved only for scientific studies. The channel between the two islands is the home of the largest colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. There is an important colony of land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) which are the smallest around it. The last census on the island, about land iguanas, reported a population of 350 iguanas that feed on all kinds of plants, but during the dry season they survive on fruit and flowers of Opuntia cacti, which are abundant in the islet. From the cliff of the island you can see one of the most colorful birds of the archipelago such as the tropical bird (Phaeton aethereus), the forked-tailed gull (Creagrus durcatus) and flocks of Galapagos shearwaters (Puffinus subalaris).
Snorkeling is done in Punta Carrión. Excellent place to see the white tip reef sharks, where they swim around peacefully through the bottom of the sea.