Bartolome Island Travel
Famous panoramic vistas, a beautiful beach and crystal-clear waters full of aquatic life makes Bartolome Island a place you won’t want to miss while exploring the Galapagos.
Flaunting one of the most iconic sights in the Galapagos – Pinnacle Rock – Bartolome, situated to the east of Santiago, is probably one of the better-known uninhabited islands in the archipelago. A climb to the islet’s summit provides rewarding views across the bay, while the waters that surround Bartolome are a snorkelling hotspot allowing visitors to swim with Penguins, Sea Lions and sometimes even juvenile Sharks; pristine example of one of the smaller Galapagos Islands.
Within easy reach of Santiago Island, Bartolome is a wonderful place to visit on a day trip. Upon your arrival on the islet, take advantage of the staircase that has been erected not only for your convenience but also to protect the island itself from erosion. Don’t be deterred by the 372 steps before you, as within 40 minutes you will find yourself looking out to one of the most photographed scenes the Galapagos has to offer and, once you are there, it will be clear to see why.
With stretches of glistening ocean, rugged volcanic land, sand dunes and Pinnacle Rock all visible from this elevated spot, it really is picture perfect. Once you have completed the hike, head to the beach, passing the odd Lava Lizard on the way and take time to relax on the sand, perhaps doing some birdwatching; Blue-footed Boobies and Galapagos Hawks are both known to make appearances here. Finally, when ready, be sure to grab your snorkelling gear and jump into the sea. It is known to be one of the best areas in the Galapagos for ducking below the waves, thanks to the plethora of marine life that congregate in and around Pinnacle Rock; a real feast for the eyes.
Take a photograph at the top of Bartolome Island
There are some images of these magical islands that are instantly recognisable, and the view from the top of Bartolome Island is one of them. After conquering the wooden stairs, making sure you have a photo of yourself at the top is a must!
Snorkel at Pinnacle Rock
If you only plan to snorkel once during your time in the Galapagos then Bartolome Island is an excellent place to do it. Sea Lions, Penguins and Sharks all inhabit this area along with majestic Rays, colourful Tropical Fish and even the odd Octopus.
Relax on the beach
After a hike and a swim, what better way to round off your day than by simply relaxing. The sandy beaches of Bartolome provide a welcome resting place, so close your eyes and listen to the waves gently lap at the shores of this island paradise.