Isla Bartolome, Galapagos Islands Cruise Port

Explorers will want to add the fascinating cruise port of Isla Bartolomé (or Bartolome Island) in the Galápagos Islands to their itineraries. This volcanic islet is not far from Santiago Island and is one of the "younger" islands within the famous archipelago. The tiny island was named for one of Charles Darwin's friends, naturalist and HMS Beagle lieutenant Bartholomew James Sulivan (as was Santiago Island's Sulivan Bay). Isla Bartolomé’s volcano is responsible for the myriad of colorful rock formations, shimmering in shades of red, green, and black; its vantage point at the top provides an awe-inspiring viewpoint (and photo opportunities) of the surrounding islands. Travelers with stamina can climb more than 300 steps via wooden boardwalk to reach the island's highest point, which is just part of a fantastic adventure you won’t soon forget. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Isla Bartolomé, Galápagos Islands:
 
  • The iconic Pinnacle Rock is one of the most famous landmarks in the Galápagos, let alone on Bartolomé. Created from lava, it reaches out of the ocean like a giant shark's fin and is an impressive site both close up and from the top of the viewpoint.
     
  • On the ground, you'll find even more to love about Pinnacle Rock, as this is where a great deal of the island's marine life calls home. The rich ecosystem includes iguanas, sea lions, green sea turtles, crabs, and many more species.
     
  • There are also plenty of birds to be found, including blue herons, boobies, and, of course, the friendly and adorable Galápagos penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even get to swim with them.
     
  • Underwater, snorkelers and divers will encounter a completely different universe. Keep an eye out for Galápagos sharks, white-tip sharks, rays, and parrot fish (among many others). The visitor site at Pinnacle Rock makes a great diving spot, and it's also safe for swimming. You can also check out Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) for a great sunbathing spot.

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