After I took the photo, I turned around to walk back towards the beach and found myself almost face to face with this iguana on a low branch. Green iguanas blend in well with leaves, as I have shown in some of my past photos. Black iguanas like this one are well camouflaged when sitting on a branch.
They are quiet, usually still, and often you will not know they are nearby unless you keep a trained eye looking for them. As more condos are built in the area, hopefully there will still be enough vegetation for the wildlife. The Nobel Peace Prize winning President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, adopted restrictions that for new buildings along the Pacific ocean will require that new developments can build or pave only half of the land, and the remainder must be left in vegetation.
This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo website we are showing photos of Peru, particularly Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world.