A Galápagos land iguana on South Plaza. More yellowish in color than their relatives on the mainland, they feed on the flowers and pads of prickly pear cacti.

South Plaza. Many visitors are surprised to find much of the archipelago's land area covered by semi-desert and desert vegetation. The islands lie in the Pacific Dry Belt. More information on the Galápagos' dry and moderate climate can be found here.

Marine iguanas, the only sea-going lizard in the world, on Isla Española. They have flat tails used for swimming and can dive to a depth of forty feet and stay under water for up to an hour. To conserve heat, marine iguanas simply aggregate, or pile together.

A marine iguana takes to the water. They eat an array of marine algae, as well as crustaceans and insects.

Isla Española has some rugged and beautiful coastline.

Like I said before, the wildlife is fearless. Wildlife here has few predators.

A young sea lion sturts along the beach on Isla Española.