World War II in Bartolomé

Naturalist Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan was a lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, who sailed with him aboard HMS Beagle in 1835 on his famous voyage.
Bartolomé Island is named after him. It used to be a volcano, which is why it has the iconic postcard-perfect view of jaw-dropping volcanic landscapes. It’s no wonder it is the most photographed island in the Galapagos, with its vivid black and red lava, green vegetation, deep blue sea, and golden sand beach where you can sunbathe, but also where green turtles come from January to March to make their mating and nesting site. Nevertheless, Bartolomé is also a place where many things are hidden, waiting to be revealed.

The island is also renowned as one of the very best Galapagos snorkel sites. All those who have seen the 2003 movie “Master and Commander” will recognize Bartolomé’s most unmistakable landmark: Pinnacle Rock. It is a beautiful spot for underwater swimming in search of wildlife and awesome snorkeling with playful sea lions, rays, and lots of colorful tropical fish species. Behind it, there is a secret cave that a small colony of breeding Galapagos penguins call their home, making it a great spot to snorkel with these speedy and fun little fellas.

Some, however, claim that Pinnacle Rock has taken this form due to US Air Force soldiers using it for target practice during World War Two. Most recently, in October 2010, a dozen bombs were found buried on Bartolomé Island.

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