Bartolomé Island
Photograph courtesy of Kimberly Wright, Imax Corporation
One of the smaller islands in the Galápagos Archipelago, Bartolomé Island, with its distinctive Pinnacle Rock, is one of the most famous views of the islands. Bartolomé lies south of the equator and east of the larger San Salvador Island. One of the most visited islands, Bartolomé is covered with volcanic tuff cones and hardened lava flows.

As visitors arrive on steps carved out of the volcanic shoreline, they make their way, up hundreds of steps constructed out of native wood and lava, to the Galápagos National Park. After frequent stops to view the incredible, moon-like landscape, they reach the summit of the central volcano. Here the modern explorer sees evidence of the volcanic origin of the islands in every direction. The black basaltic lava flows on San Salvador spread out and cover older, broken lava. Collapsed lava tunnels extend down the slope of the volcano almost to the water's edge.

If visitors take a panga (small landing boat) to ride around Pinnacle Rock and they will see Galápagos Penguins nesting on the lava ledges or swimming alongside their boat. Look closely, and you might even see a white-tip reef shark patrolling the underwater rocks and lava formations. Bartolomé is a small but notable Galápagos visitor site.

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