Description of Bartolome Island
Bartolomé Island is a small volcanic island located about 18 miles northwest of Santa Cruz Island. It is considered one of the most spectacular islands of the Galapagos, offering a breathtaking view of the natural landscapes of the archipelago. It is a relatively young island that was created by volcanic eruptions about 1.5 million years ago. Visitors can still see the effects of volcanic eruptions on the island, with spectacular rock formations and black lava fields. Bartolomé Island is an important site for the conservation of endemic Galapagos flora and fauna. It is home to a wide variety of animal species, including marine iguanas, Galapagos finches and Galapagos penguins. Visitors can also observe colonies of sea lions. One of the most iconic features of Bartolomé Island is the spire-like rock formation known as Pinnacle Rock. Visitors can access the top of Pinnacle Rock by climbing a 372-step wooden staircase, which offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. This view is considered one of the most famous and photographed views in the Galapagos Archipelago.