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Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Just east of Santiago Island is Bartolome Island, one of the Galapagos Islands’ youngest land masses. Named after Bartholomew James Sulivan, longtime friend and exploration partner of Charles Darwin. Bartolome is known for its stunning landscapes, and its positioning affords it great views of neighboring islands. Most famous is the Pinnacle Rock, a jagged, sharp protuberance with a lovely overlook view. The waters are rife with penguins, marine turtles, and tropical fish. A nesting site for green turtles is popular with visitors, particularly when the turtles have returned to the island to lay their eggs. On land, Bartolome has sally light-foot crabs, Lava Cacti, Galapagos Hawks, and lava herons.