Galapagos Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island has one of the best landscapes of the entire Archipelago. You can climb up to the summit for a stunning view.


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This Island is without a doubt the most photographed location in the entire Archipelago.

You have to climb up a wooden staircase to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and observe captivating lava formations and spatter cones.

It was created as the result of a volcano eruption, and when the hot lava reached the sea it cooled down forming a stunning rock composed of thin layers.

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The main attraction of the Island is known as Pinnacle Rock This huge black lava formation is the eroded remains of an old tuff cone.

This is why Pinnacle Rock in Bartolome has become one of most photographed landscapes in the Islands. Near Pinnacle Rock you can see two beautiful beaches with the shape of a half moon.

You have to walk around 600 mts to reach the summit, the spatter cones and Lava Tubes during the hike will give you the feeling that you are walking on the moon.

The hike to the top takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Due to its volcanic origin a lot of people and scientists had called Bartolome Island as a Geology guidebook.

Once at the top you will come across to one of the magnificent panoramic views in the Galapagos Islands.

You will be able to see the Islands of Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz and Rabida.

Bartolome Island has turquoise waters and white sand beaches that really ads to this wonderful view. It is great for swimming and snorkeling and to see impressive underwater rock formations.

This is the right place to observe lots of Galapagos Penguins swimming in tropical waters. These penguins are really a joy to watch because they cannot be found anywhere else on earth, especially in such warm climates.

The beach located at the north of Bartolome Island is a good place to snorkel surrounded with sea lions, colorful tropical fish and penguins.

In the southern beach you can find sea turtles, white and black tipped sharks, stingrays, rays and more.

Also Bartolome is the mating and nesting site for Galapagos Green Sea Turtles They come ashore to nest here between January and March of every year.

Bartolome Island may look arid and desolate with dried bushes like Galapagos Cactus and a few lava lizards running about.

But what makes this Island so spectacular is the fact that out here you can view some of the most stunning Galapagos Landscapes and walk on beautiful white sand beaches alongside the most incredible endemic Galapagos marine animals.

Before visiting this Island keep in mind that you will have a dry landing from the panga (raft) this means that the small boat will leave you on land.

But when you want to visit the Island beach, a wet landing will be necessary. This means that the boat will live you near the shore and you will have to make a short wet walk until you reach the beach.

The superb scenery of Bartolome Island is waiting for you, so don't forget to bring your camera to capture this once in a lifetime adventure.

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