Bartolome

Bartolome Island

This young and rather barren island offers steep, dramatic volcanic landscapes which are frequently photographed by its visitors.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a moonlike terrain of spatter, tuff cones and small lava tubes, where the only visible flora is made of pioneer species such as the Tiquilia and Chamaesyce. We then climb up a wooden stairway that leads us to the summit of the island--here, you will be able to enjoy the most famous landscape of the Galapagos.

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The view is formed by two beaches separated by a narrow band of mangroves, as well as Pinnacle Rock, a distinctive rock shaped by the practice bombings of American pilots during World War II.

Snorkeling off the northern beach is extremely rewarding, as it is usual to see penguins near Pinnacle Rock.

At the southern beach, where swimming is prohibited, it is easy to find reef sharks and rays, and green turtles tend to nest here from January to March.