Bartolome Island, part of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador was named after Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan, a companion of Charles Darwin who filled in as the main surveyor and second-lieutenant on board the HMS Beagle. Bartolomé is a fruitless islet in Sullivan Bay toward the east of Santiago Island. Bartolomé is home to a particular and unmistakable sight of the archipelago: Pinnacle Rock.
Before you run off to this natural enterprise, here’s all you need to think about before arranging an outing to the Galapagos islands.
The Galapagos Islands are a perfectly natural life safe house off the bank of Ecuador, South America, and a position of legend because of a specific Mr Darwin and his Theory of Evolution. They’re remote, overflowing with one of a kind untamed life and scenes and, rather refreshingly, the human impressions left behind are rather insignificant.
ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE
1. When to go
The Galapagos Islands lie near the equator and have a really consistent atmosphere that makes them an incredible experience all year-round. That said, ensure you bring a lot of sunscreens in light of the fact that even in shady conditions the sun can be quite bright and harsh. You can see some rare birds, land and marine animals that are indigenous to the place. You can also view the changes in the sea (from temperatures to where two currents meet) which has an impact on the creatures who live there.
2. How to get to the Galapagos
Visits to the Galapagos Islands start from mainland Ecuador. You will have to fly to either Quito, the capital of Ecuador, or to Guayaquil, another city on mainland Ecuador. Guayaquil is closer to the islands than Quito, so if it is an option, fly there directly, as flights from Quito also tend to have a stopover there. From Quito or Guayaquil, you can fly to the islands of San Cristobal or Baltra. From there you can take boats to the islands around.
How long to stay?
There are countless visits/cruising trips around the Galapagos, you could pick a shorter or longer trip depending on the package duration. If you have a whole lot of time to spare you could utilise the maximum of the 90-day tourist limit in Ecuador so you can go island hopping at leisure and visit every one of the gorgeous islands.
Things to do on Bartolome Island
The island of Bartolome island has some amazing volcanic developments. It plays host to an extinct volcano as well as a variety of volcanic formations in various hues of black, red, green, brown and orange.
The bay is an excellent place to go swimming, snorkelling or diving. You can witness the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks here amongst other. amazing tropical fish.
Pinnacle Rock, at Bartolome Island, also serves as a breeding colony for the Galapagos Penguins. Green turtles also go to Bartolome island for their mating and nesting rituals.
Bartolome Island is eminent for its scenic views and marine life. Climb up over 300 stairs to the summit of Pinnacle rock for a beautiful perspective of the most stunning views of the Galapagos islands.
A few important things to keep in your backpack
- Hoody/warm top
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Small towel and swimwear
- Sun hat
- Suntan lotion
- Insect repellent
- Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
- Seasickness pills – if you think you’ll need them
- Things for entertainment such as a book or playing cards
- And don’t forget your camera!
Have a great time island-hopping!
Read more: Find out all about the different islands in Ecuador.