Bartolome Island, Santiago
Bartolome Island is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos Islands Group. It is located just off the east coast of Santiago Island, and offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. It is known for its Pinnacle Rock, and has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands.
Swimming and snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock is a main attraction. You can snorkel with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and other tropical fish. The bay is also an excellent place to go swimming. The twin bays are separated by a narrow isthmus.
Galápagos penguins are frequently seen, and a small cave behind Pinnacle Rock houses a breeding colony. Seasonally, Bartolomé is the mating and nesting site for green turtles.
Things to See and Do
* Pinnacle Rock
* Swimming & snorkeling
* Marine life
* Climb the volcanic cone
* Galapagos Penguins
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – U.S. dollar2 (USD)
Language – Spanish
Population – 40,000 approx (Galapagos islands)
Land Area - 1.2 km
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 593
Port Location – There is no port at Bartholome, however there are two landing sites located on the island.
Transport Links – Flights to the Galapagos are relatively easy to arrange and depart from Quito and Guayaquil on a daily basis for the Isla Baltra airport, about two hours by public transport from Puerto Ayora, the main settlement of the Galapagos, on the central island of Santa Cruz.
On arriving into Baltra, all visitors are immediately transported by bus to one of two docks. The first dock is located in a small bay where the boats cruising the Galápagos await passengers. The second is a ferry dock which connects Baltra to the island of Santa Cruz via the Itabaca Channel.