"Island with a view" Isla Bartolomé by toonsarah
Isla Bartolomé Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 28 photos
This was the third island we visited on our Galápagos cruise on the Angelito. Despite being keen to include it on our itinerary, it proved not to be one of my very favourite islands, as a combination of a relative lack of wildlife with which to interact, and relatively dull weather which failed to bring out the perspectives of this striking landscape, meant that Bartolomé didn’t make my “top five” list after all. But that is not to say it isn’t well worth visiting – there are no disappointing destinations in the Galápagos!
The landing here is a dry one, and the visitor trail all on a boardwalk and wooden steps, 375 in total, that lead to the highest point and that classic Galápagos view. As you climb you will see lava lizards sunning themselves on the hot boards or on nearby outcrops of lava, but few other land animals are attracted to live in this barren landscape. One of the main interests for visitors is the story of the volcanic activity that shaped this and the other islands, as demonstrated vividly in the spatter cones and other formations around you.
The other main interest is the view, and it certainly rewards your climb, even on a dull day. From this high point you can see Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé’s “trademark”, immediately below you, and beyond it, Santiago and some other smaller islands. The contrast of white sand beach, green scrub-land behind it, volcanic island and blue sea is dramatic and memorable.
Later we spent some time on that beach, and here we did spot a bit more wildlife, including a Galápagos penguin that swam up and down, parallel to the beach, right opposite where we were sitting.
This is one of a series of pages about the various islands we visited on our Galápagos cruise. In those individual island pages I aim to describe in more detail what we did on each island, the environment and landscape, and the wildlife to be found there. But for detailed descriptions of the animals and plants etc I have included links to my main Galápagos page, rather than repeat myself too much here.
To follow our trail here as we experienced it, please read my tips in order, starting with our landing.
And when you have finished your visit to Bartolomé, do continue to the next island on our itinerary, Genovesa.
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