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Galapagos National Park Rules

The following are the visitors’ 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 must 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 petted for your safety and because they can quickly loose their tameness and change their behaviour.

4. The endemic and native fauna of Galápagos has its natural form for feeding. Therefore, do not give them any type of food because it could harm them.

5. The Galápagos marine birds leave their nests if you disturb or follow them. They will let their eggs or chicks alone on the ground or leave them exposed to the sun. Therefore you may watch the birds at a distance of no less 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 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 and rudeness 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 is not put out completely, and can cause uncontrollable bushfires, death and destruction.

11. Fishing on board 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 in the authorized sites or do comercial filming, you have to 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 at risk the visitor’s safety and that of the National Park, 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 in 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 of 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) per year as established in the Special Law for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Galápagos Islands.

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