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Also known as Sullivan, Bartolome (Bartholomew) is home of the famous Pinnacle Rock and some of the best hiking and snorkeling in all of the Galapagos Islands. Climbing to the top of this island rewards visitors with panoramic views of varied lava formations, volcanic cones and craters, and a moon-like landscape. Bartolomé also provides a rare experience on planet Earth -  to swim or snorkel with Galapagos Penguins in the shadow of the towering Pinnacle Rock. The playful penguins float next to you  swimming like ducks in the sea until they spot a meal swimming by when they dash off swimming at inconceivable speeds to catch their lunch. Contact one of our Galapagos travel experts for help planning your trip to Galapagos and the unforgettable Bartolome Island. 

Bartolome Island Highlights

The eerie landscapes and bright colors of Bartholomew give it an almost lunar impression. This is considered by many to be one of the most scenic spots in all of the Galapagos, most recognizably for Pinnacle Rock. This stone spire juts proudly into the air as part of a tuff cone and marks the colorful backdrop of greens, reds, oranges, and black. A staircase brings explorers to one of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas in the Galapagos. The hike is one of the more challenging common hikes in the Galapagos rising nearly 1000 feet (300 meters) above the beach. But, the spectacular view is undoubtedly worth it. 

All across this moonlike landscape, you will see pioneer plants pushing their way relentlessly through the tough hardened lava. Down at sea level, there are two beaches that are connected by a trail. Snorkeling and swimming from the beach is spectacular, it is one of the best places on the planet to go snorkeling with penguins in addition to rays, sharks, and a rainbow of tropical fish.  

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