The Iguana of Tulum


Iguana were found throughout our trek around the Mayan ruins of Tulum.


It was the Mayan belief that the framework of the earth was formed by the bodies of iguana.



Itzamna, the Supreme Mayan god’s name means iguana house, and looking out across the ruins of Tulum to a rock facing the ocean, it seems appropriate that the Maya thought this. If you use your imagination, can you see the head of an iguana in that rock jutting out into the ocean?


I’ve also read that iguana can be rather tasty.

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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39 Responses to The Iguana of Tulum

  1. Madhu says:

    The second shot from the top is amazing in its detail! Haven’t seen one close up yet!


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  3. thirdeyemom says:

    Great post Angeline! I heard in Honduras that Iguana’s are endangered species and they advised not to eat them. Not sure what their status is in Mexico though. 🙂


  4. Patti Kuche says:

    This Iguana definitely seems to be master of his domain, and what a glorious domain!


  5. says:

    So regal!


  6. rommel says:

    Love the varieties on how you presented the pictures of iguana. Thanks for the share. One can learn something from the blogosphere. 😉


  7. Great captures.. When I look at these images I always think of their cousins that roamed the earth say a million or so years ago…


  8. restlessjo says:

    Isn’t our world filled with the strangest, most wonderful creatures? (and I’m not talking about me 🙂 ) Very best wishes for 2014, Angeline!


  9. frizztext says:

    feeling like falling back some thousand years!


  10. ChgoJohn says:

    More so than seeing palm trees, I know I’m in a tropical locale when I see an iguana or lizard. They don’t bother me but I’m not about to cozy up to some big old iguana anytime soon. 🙂


  11. Ruth says:

    I’ve heard they are tasty but I prefer to enjoy your photos and not have one on my plate! Nice series.


  12. I bought my daughter an Iguana for her 15th birthday. She still has her today. She is about 5 feet long from tip to tip. My daughter just celebrated her 28th birthday.


  13. dadirri7 says:

    such impressive creatures, like our big goannas (lace monitors) … they remind me of dinosaurs! Thanks for giving us the Mayan information Angeline 🙂


  14. If you didn’t get close to them you managed some great close ups.


  15. Rosemarie says:

    And they love French fries.


    • Angeline M says:

      Really??? You must have paid a visit….and you fed them??? I was afraid to get too close to them, myself. That I even took photos of them is a major accomplishment for me…I don’t like snakes or lizard-like critters.


      • Rosemarie says:

        We first met them in 1983 on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. My daughter was about 14 months old. She loved them, called them Iggy. And she fed them French fries. They freely wandered all around the resort where we stayed.


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