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The 3 Reasons Why Bartolome Island is a Must-See Destination in the Galapagos

The 3 Reasons Why Bartolome Island is a Must-See Destination in the Galapagos

Bartolome Island in the Galapagos archipelago is one of the lesser-known islands. Yet, it has much to offer that makes it a must-see destination and must-visit site in the Galapagos Islands. If you’re planning to visit, here are the top three reasons why you shouldn’t miss this island when you visit the Galapagos Islands.

Beautiful Landscapes

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Despite having a comparatively small area of about 0.5 square miles, Bartolomé Island is home to some of the archipelago’s most breathtaking vistas. It was created on the site of an extinct volcano, and you must see it to believe the red, orange, and green volcanic forms. A hike up to the summit will reward you with panoramic views of San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, and Floreana islands.

Pinnacle Rock

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Pinnacle Rock is the pinnacle of Bartolomé’s magnificent vistas and unique rock formations. An eroded volcanic cone gave rise to one of the Galápagos’ most picturesque features. The volcano’s throat—what remains after the eruption has ceased—creates natural gaps that create waterfalls, terraces, waterholes, and pools. The famed stairs are believed to have been created by lava flow that cooled before it reached the ground level. Today, they continue to offer visitors dramatic views of the sun setting over Isabella Bay on the horizon.
Bartolome Island was formed by layers of hardened lava.

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Impressive Biodiversity

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Both the wildlife and the magnificent scenery in Bartolomé are outstanding. In addition to harbouring a tiny colony of Galápagos penguins, its waters are also home to sea lions, green sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, rays, and other varieties of vibrant tropical fish. Due to this, Bartolomé is a very well-liked snorkelling location. The water is so clear that you can see some of these aquatic lifeforms on the seafloor as well as along the reef wall. At low tide, it’s possible to walk out on an exposed shelf into ankle-deep water with sand below your feet! If you’re lucky enough to visit when there’s an offshore breeze, it will make your experience even more memorable.

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