Highlights and main attractions of Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island is perhaps the most recognised, most visited and most photographed of the Galapagos Islands, most notably famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spear-headed obelisk jutting out of the ocean – arguably the best known landmark throughout the entire Galapagos National Park. Despite its small size of 1.2 square kilometres, here you can find some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire archipelago.
Named after lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, naturalist Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, this islet consists of an extinct volcano and a stunning mixture of red, orange, green and black volcanic formations. The origins of the islet vary, some with fresh lava and spatter cones, others made from eroded tuff formations. A majority of the islands vegetation is hardy pioneer plants, usually the first plants to appear after an ecosystem is damaged, however between the islands two beaches there is a distinct change to more luscious green halophytes.
It’s not just the landscape that attracts the visitors, from here you can spot the ever-playful Galapagos penguins, the second smallest penguin in the world.