BARTOLOME ISLAND AND SULLIVAN BAY
Before the wet landing on the beach, make sure to put on some insect repellent. Following the wet landing, you will take a short ten-minute walk across a sand dune takes you to the southern beach, where harmless black-tipped reef sharks and rays are often seen in the warm, shallow water. Ghost crabs creep from under the sand and disappear into their burrows as you approach. Look up at the sky and often you may see a juvenile Galapagos hawk hovering above. From January to March you may see marine turtles coming ashore to nest on the beach.
The summit trail begins with a dry landing, though sea-lions make the purpose-built dock more exciting and challenging to walk up. The trail is a dusty walk through volcanic ash on a wooden-built trail.
The only vegetation is the “pioneer plants”, grey Tiquilia and greenish Chamaesyce. These are vital in binding the ash that fans down from the hill. The park wardens have built wooden steps up the hill to prevent further erosion by humans. The reddish spatter cones were minor eruptions of highly viscous lava that cooled rapidly. The summit is such a cone; it seems higher than 114m as you climb the steps. The eastern side has many small lava tubes. The hike is better before 10h00 or after 16h00, when the light is softer. If you look carefully you can make out sunken craters in the sea below. In the distance you can see most of the central islands, the peaks of Isabela to the west, and on a clear day Marchena and Pinta to the north.
A good snorkeling place lies at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock that leans into the bay. The cliff is an eroded tuff cone. A small family of Galapagos penguins live in the shadows of the Pinnacle. A zodiac ride is usually taken to locate the famous Galapagos Penguins.
WHAT TO SEE ON BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND LAND TOUR
- Galapagos Penguin
- Galapagos Hawk
- Black-Tipped Shark
- Green Turtle
- Ghost Crab
- Grey Matplan
- Red and White Mangrove
- Stewart’s Scalesia
- Spiny Bush
- Prickly Pear and Lava Cacti
- Galapagos Spurge
- Beach Morning Glory
- Oily Pectis
- Lava Cactus
DETAILS OF THE BARTOLOMÉ LAND TOUR
The departure times can vary upon the operator we will finally book for your Bartolomé land tour. The reason is that the Galapagos National Park gives different time frames to different operators. Thus, they can avoid having too many boats on one spot at the same time. This helps us to make your experience even more unique and exclusive.
Price: from $265.00 per person (incl. taxes / excl. transaction fees)
Departure Time: 6:00-7:00
Departure Location: Depends on the operator – Either hotel or close to the peer in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Arrival Time: Around 16:00
Arrival Location: Peer of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Once we got your inquiry about this land tour knowing your travel dates and other details, we can give you more information about specific times and details on this tour.
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- Breakfast (Depending on the operator)
- Lunch onboard
- Naturalist Guide (English and Spanish speaking)
- Snorkeling Equipment (Mask, snorkel, fins)
- Snacks / Fruits
Most operators still have them onboard and if you would like to you can rent them for around $5.00 per person
Although most things are included in our tours we would like to give you some advice on what to bring to your Bartolomé Land Tour.
- Sun Protection (Sun cream and a cap or hat)
- Wind-proof jacket or sweatshirt
- Light hiking boots / sport shoes
- Refillable water bottle
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