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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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Classic Galapagos$613510Jul 19, 2024Spend 10 days exploring the legendary Galápagos Islands aboard a classic, 96-guest expedition ship, the Endeavour II. Actively experience the …
Luxury Central Galapagos Islands Cruise$46904Jul 21, 2024This luxury Galapagos cruise explores the central and eastern islands of the archipelago on the new Endemic Galapagos catamaran. Hike sea-side …
Private Charter - North & Central Islands Aboard Galapagos Horizon$824505Jul 23, 2024Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible 5-day private journey. Admire the incredible natural beauty of …
Central East Islands$81955Apr 10, 2025Set sail on a 5-day cruise from Baltra to San Cristobal aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise in the Central East Galapagos Islands. Explore Santa Cruz's …
North & Central Islands$58455Jul 23, 2024Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible 5-day journey. Admire the incredible natural beauty of this …
North & Central Islands + Floreana$70906Jul 25, 2024Delight your senses with all the natural beauty and breathtaking wildlife of the Galapagos Islands! Sail across some of the most emblematic …
Private Charter - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Aboard Grace$1722008Jul 23, 2024Close encounters with nature highlight this 8-day private Galapagos cruise onboard the Grace. The islands are teeming with animals that are eager to …
Private Charter - East & Central Islands Aboard Galapagos Horizon$1264508Jul 20, 2024This 8-day adventure visits the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Rabida, Genovesa, and North Seymour, and offers stunning encounters with …
Central East & Southern Islands$129958Apr 10, 2025Explore Central East & Southern Islands on this 8-day cruise aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Visit Baltra and meet giant tortoises. Enjoy …
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps$99508Jul 20, 2024This 8-day adventure aboard Grace offers close encounters with wildlife. The islands are full of creatures that love to interact with visitors. …

Bartolome Island Facts and 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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