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Station 8:
El Palmar


Follow the trail until you find a clearing in El Palmar. Stop for a moment.

nature trail iguana island
isla iguana sendero

The name of  the island comes from the abundance of iguanas

Leaving Minsín and Gringa's house, you walk through a palm grove also planted by them.

Look closely at the leaves on the ground and the surrounding vegetation, as iguanas, lizards, Concholí crabs and other animals that love fruits and coconuts are frequently seen.

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The Black Iguana ( Ctenosaura similis ) is the most common on the island.  It also frequents El Cirial beach around existing structures looking for visitors to offer it food. Please limit yourself to giving them fruits and leaves. Any other food is harmful to your body.

black iguana
green iguana
iguana verde

It is less frequent to find Green Iguanas ( Iguana iguana ), as they blend in with the vegetation. In addition, the heavy hunting until the beginning of this century decreased its population.

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This is a good place to listen to the sounds of the island's forest.

Form a semicircle along the path, close your eyes for a minute, and sharpen your senses of hearing and smell. If there are not many people on the island, they will be surprised! When finished, share what you heard and smelled.

Lizards and Gecos can also be seen.



Diaz Villani, Marco Lisandro. 2005. Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge: Field Guide. Illustrations by María Gabriella Díaz de Restrepo and Juan Sucre. 2a  Edison. Panama: Post Depot Press. 70 pages. 593.6 D542.

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