Extinct volcano and wonder landscape
Bartolomé is the smallest island (1.2 sq. km (0.74 sq. mi)) of the archipelago located east of Santiago Island. Its highest point is 114 m (374 ft) above sea level. The Pinnacle Rock is the icon of the Bartolomé Island, a towering spearheaded obelisk that raises from the ocean´s edge. It is an ideal viewpoint in order to enjoy the observing of an extinct volcano landscape and the varieties of red, orange, green and black glistening volcanic formation. On the
eroded cone foot, a colony of Galápagos penguins (the only species of penguin found north of the Equator) cohabit with sea lions and marine birds. The Island and the Sullivan Bay are named after naturalist and life-long friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, who was a Lieutenant aboard HMS Beagle. Snorkelers will find the great opportunity at Sullivan Bay to swim and relax next to the penguins and sealions off a golden-sand beach.
Bartolomé will welcome our guests to the incredible natural wealth of teeming Galápagos wildlife where they will be amazed with the dramatic views of the luscious landscape. It is a fantastic spot to take personal and group pictures and it is a jewel-toned setting for charismatic penguins, skittering crabs and marine iguanas.
At the sandy cove the adventurers will start to snorkel with the speedy Galápagos penguins. Also, hundreds of colorful reef fish, sea turtles and rays are surrounding the island. At the shade of the Pinnacle Rock our excursionist will have the best place to snorkel and to take photograph of the endemic penguins and the rock looks out across pale beaches and blue-green water, their colors offset by the coal-black lava flow at Sullivan Bay. A hot lunch and refreshments are provided on the boat. At the end of the journey the boat will come
back to Santa Cruz, after that a bus will take you to the most comfortable and environmentally friendly lodge.
It is recommended to wear a wetsuit in order to neutralize the sea temperature, because it falls below 20ºC from September to December and it is up to 27ºC from January to August.