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Galapagos Archipelago, Bartolome Island


This small island is located just off of Sullivan Bay, east of Santiago.

Bartolome is an isolated island with light vegetation, but its volcanic formations, its unique and colorful landscape, make it one of the most popular and most photographed islands in the Galapagos.

Galapagos giant tortoise

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.

The best known of the island's features is the Tuff Cone known as Pinnacle Rock. This large black partially eroded lava formation was created when magma expelled from the volcano reached the sea.

Galapagos masked boobies

When the seawaters cooled the hot lava it caused an explosion. The exploded particles eventually fasten together forming a rock composed of thin layers. Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock has become one of the best recognized and most photographed sights in the islands.

A prominent sight it was used as a target for US airmen during WWII. Lying beside the Pinnacle Rock are twin half moon shaped beaches.

The northern beach is a popular snorkeling site where visitors have the opportunity to swim with fish, Sea Lions and Galapagos Penguins.

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