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Bartolome Island and Pinnacle Rock

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Also known as Sullivan, Bartolome (Bartholomew) is home to 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 the Galapagos and the unforgettable Bartolome Island. 
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Luxury Central Galapagos Islands Cruise$39994May 26, 2022This luxury Galapagos cruise explores the central and eastern islands of the archipelago on the new Endemic Galapagos catamaran. Hike sea-side …
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Northern Islands$31505Jun 9, 2022Sail to one of the most unique archipelagos in the world on this 5-day Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the Alya catamaran. The Galapagos Islands are …
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Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise$48205May 31, 2022The Ocean Spray luxury catamaran takes you on a 5-day Galapagos Northern Islands cruise, exploring Genovesa, South Plaza, Mosquero, and Santiago. …
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Western & Eastern Islands$85908May 28, 2022Join the M/C Elite on a spectacular 8-day small ship cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Visit San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Isabela, …
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Classic Galapagos$771010May 27, 2022Spend 10 days exploring the legendary Galápagos Islands aboard a classic, 96-guest expedition ship, the Endeavour II. Actively experience the …
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North & Central Islands$48205May 31, 2022Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible 5-day journey. Admire the incredible natural beauty of this …
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Galapagos Explorer + Peru's Land of the Incas$1391016May 27, 2022Link your 9-day small ship-based Galápagos adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II to a 7-day land-based exploration of the …
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Galapagos Origin Southern Islands$87508Jun 5, 2022Explore the Galapagos Islands on an 8-day Southern Islands cruise aboard the luxurious M/V Origin yacht. Kayak, stand up paddle board, and snorkel …
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Private Charter - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Aboard Grace$1340008May 31, 2022Close encounters with nature highlight this 8-day private Galapagos cruise onboard the Grace. The islands are teeming with animals that are eager to …
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Beyond Darwin's Footsteps$81008May 28, 2022This 8-day adventure aboard Grace offers close encounters with wildlife. The islands are full of creatures that love to interact with visitors. …
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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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