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Galapagos National Park Rules for Visitors

This is the Park’s English version of the Rules, as published on its website


Rule 01

Any visit within the protected area of the Galapagos National Park must be accompanied by a naturalist guide authorized by the Galapagos National Park Directorate

Rule 02

Avoid bad experiences by contracting tourism services and boats authorized to working the protected area of the Galapagos Islands.

Rule 03

For your own security and to ensure the conservation of the unique natural heritage of the islands, please keep to the trails and respect the signs at all times.

Rule 04

Keep a distance of at least 2 metres (6ft) from animals to avoid disturbing them. Respect both their space and freedom.

Rule 05

Galapagos animals do not need to be fed by humans. Offering food can create health problems

Rule 06

Please take pictures and videos without flash to avoid upsetting the animals. Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorize by the Galapagos National Park Directorate.

Rule 07

There are designated areas for camping. Request authorization at the Galapagos National Park’s offices with at least 48 hours prior notice.

Rule 08

It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals or plants into the archipelago. Please co-operate with the inspection and quarantine officials at the airports and docks of the islands.

Rule 09

Do not buy any products and/or souvenirs made from banned substances such as coral, shell, lava rock, animal parts and endemic materials. This is an illegal activity and must be reported.

Rule 10

Please do not leave traces of your presence on the islands. Instead, take home unforgettable memories and experiences from your stay.

Rule 11

Please take your trash with you until you find a suitable place to dispose of it. The centers of all populated villages have effective waste management systems.

Rule 12

Smoking and lighting campfires in the protected areas of the Galapagos National Park is strictly prohibited. There is a serious risk of causing major damage by fires.

Rule 13

Fishing is not allowed. It is only permitted on recreational fishing boats authorized by the Galapagos National Park Directorate.

Rule 14

Motorized aquatic sports, mini-subs, and aerial tourism are not permitted in the National Park.

Link to the Galapagos National Park website  GNP 01R