It’s a two hour boat trip to Bartolome, and on arrival you must climb the long staircase towards the solar-powered lighthouse, to observe the spectacular scenery of lava and volcanic cones. The island is arid and is easily explored on foot, although the 300 steps make for a challenging if rewarding climb. The views from the top, of Daphne Major and Minor and Santiago Island are simply breathtaking.
Your guide will take you to the famous Pinnacle Rock, a huge black lava formation which has eroded over time and dominates the landscape. Gaze down on the beautiful beaches, and you will gain a fascinating glimpse into the underwater world.
From the beach, grab a snorkel and swim with sea turtle, shark, tropical fish, and sea lion. Come during the months of January to March and watch the green sea turtle coming in to the shore to nest; Bartolome is a major breeding ground for these endangered, beautiful creatures.
You will find that the beach is also the ideal spot from which to observe the Galapagos penguin and tiny red crab, keen to bask in the sun, which crawl along the rocks.