Iguanas of the Yucatan

Yucatan iguanas

It seems like everywhere we turn, there are iguanas basking in the sun. I’m just amazed. When we went to Central America in 2001, I only remember seeing a few, but here in the Yucatan, spiny-tailed iguanas are everywhere. You see them crossing the road, stretching out on tin roofs, squeezing in between crevices or sitting on fence posts. Even in downtown Cancun, we counted more than 15 iguanas on a short stretch of sidewalk between our hotel and the nearby mall. As one tour guide proudly announced, “Iguanas are the squirrels of Mexico.”

Surprisingly, they are pretty laid back and don’t mind posing which makes them super easy to photograph. Here are just a few photos of our million iguana shots. 😉

Yucatan iguanas

Yucatan iguanas

Yucatan iguanas

Yucatan iguanas

3 responses to “Iguanas of the Yucatan”

  1. avatar Sam says:

    I love the idea of them being the squirrels of Mexico! In Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, there’s a park simply known as ‘iguana park’ because it has trees full of iguanas lounging around. I didn’t really believe such a place would exist till I got there: very weird!

  2. avatar Greeneyes says:

    “You looking at me?”

  3. avatar laurelle says:

    “I wish I was in Tijuana eating barbecued iguana…” Anybody out there remember that song by Wall of Voodoo?

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