Bartolome Island

This small island located just off Sullivan Bay of Santiago. Bartolome, the tiny islet of Isla Bartholomew is among the younger of the Galapagos Islands. With a total area of just 1.2 sq km, this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago.

One of the most famous landmarks in the Galapagos can also be found here, Pinnacle Rock, which is among the most frequently photographed vistas of this volcanic island chain.

The northern beach is a popular snorkeling site where visitors have the opportunity to swim with fish, sea lions and Galapagos Penguins. Much larger animals can be found near the southern beach including stingrays, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped sharks, and black-tipped sharks.

Little vegetation grows in this barren place. Mangroves border the beach and the small shrub tiguilia grows in the volcanic sands. The seeds and tiny white flowers of the chamaesycae provide food for the island's finch. These plants are common to arid regions and are able to survive in these harsh volcanic conditions.

Seasonally Bartolome is the mating and nesting site for the green sea turtles. Very little was once known of these enchanting creatures of the sea. They lived secretive lives only surfacing to breathe. In recent years, sea turtles have been the subjects of a variety of international studies.

To reach the islands summit, visitors have a dry landing from the jetty. However, to visit the beach, a wet landing is necessary. Also do not forget to bring your camera here for some wonderful photo opportunities of the neighboring islands and superb scenery.

Summit Trail:

Landing: dry landing
Highlights: view of Pinnacle Rock and panoramic view of other islands, excellent photographic opportunity.
Conditions: steep trail with wooden steps
Notes: bring water, good hiking shoes and a windbreaker. Take your time going up the steps. The view is well worth the walk.


Landing: wet landing
Highlights: mating sea turtles, sting rays and white-tipped sharks and penguins
Conditions: easy walk and good snorkeling
Notes: one of the best areas to get photos of Galapagos Penguins.





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