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Photo of Bartolome Island

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This is the most famous view in the Galapagos Islands. Practicaly every visitor who comes here is given the chance to take the "heartbreaker" trail to the peak of Bartolomé Island, from where they can see this view. Most striking is Pinnacle Rock, a needle of soft tuff, eroded to a point (right of center). Facing south you can see much of James (Santiago) Island beyond the lower rise of Bartolomé. Cinder cones rise above the broad lava flow that comes to the shore. This lava flow is likely less than a hundred years old. You don't need to be a geologist to see this land was made by volcanism.

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Learn about Bartolomé Island natural history

"The view is educational as well as inspiring."
Barry Boyce A Traveler's Guide to the Galapagos Islands 1994

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