Galapagos National Park Rules

We ask that when visiting the Galápagos you respect the rules mandated by the National Park to help ensure the preservation of this unique place.

Rules for the Galapagos National Park

1. Because of its unique nature, the plants, animals, and rocks should stay on site so that there is no change. Nothing can be taken away from the islands, except photos.
2. Please avoid the introduction of foreign organisms such as animals, seeds, plants and insects as they cause serious problems.
3. Galápagos animals should not be touched or pet for your safety and because, as any wild animal, they can quickly change their behavior.
4. The endemic and native fauna of Galápagos have taken on their natural form by depending on the variety of food offered by each island’s unique ecosystem. Therefore, do not give any type of food to the animals because it can harm them and the island’s natural biodiversity.
5. If you disturb or follow any of the Galápagos marine birds, it is probable that they will abandon their nests. The birds will leave their eggs unprotected on the ground or leave their chicks exposed to the sun. Therefore, you may watch the birds at a distance of no more than two meters.
6. Visitors’ sites at the Galápagos National Park are marked to guarantee your safety. You cannot leave the paths.
7. Garbage of any type interferes with natural processes and takes away the enchantment of the unique island scenery. Do not dispose of garbage at visitors’ sites, in the ocean or near the islands.
8. Please avoid purchasing souvenirs made of flora and fauna of the islands, like black coral, marine tortoise shells, sea lion teeth, or shells. This goes against the principles of conservation.
9. Writing names and phrases of any type on rocks, walls, etc. is a sign of bad manners. It is rude and damages the scenery.
10. Fire or smoking within Park areas is not allowed as a fire could start with a match or a cigarette that has not been completely put out. Please consider your actions, as fire or smoking can cause uncontrollable brushfires, death, and destruction.
11. Fishing on board of tourist ships is not permitted. Please collaborate with the National Park Service by reporting any transgression to the management of the Galápagos National Park.
12. If you want to camp at authorized sites or do some commercial filming, you must request a permit from the Galápagos Nacional Park Director. Please contact us at any of our technical offices located in the inhabited islands (San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana).
13. If any kind of danger puts the visitor’s safety or that of the National Park at risk, please inform a Park Ranger, Police authorities, Ecuadorian Navy, Air Force or any Municipal Authority.
14. Don’t be embarrassed to show your conservationist attitude. Explain to others the rules of Galápagos National Park and make them follow them.
Important Recommendations
1. In order to enjoy your stay on the Galápagos you should be in good health.
2. Visit the areas of the Galápagos National Park and the Marine Reserve only when escorted by a naturalist guide, licensed by the National Park Service.
3. If you go scuba diving, please make sure that you have all documents and licenses to do so.
4. Watch out for signs and instructions in the authorized visitor sites within the Galápagos National Park and please follow them.
5. Contract tourist services only at travel agencies and tour operators legally recognized in Galápagos.
6. National and foreign visitors are allowed to stay on the islands for 90 days (3months) as established in the Special Law for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Galápagos Islands.