Galapagos National Park Rules

Galapagos National Park Sign

From The Galapagos National Park.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the few places in the world that remain relatively untouched by human exploitation. The preservation of the environment is everybody's responsibility. You can help, by following some simple rules which will help to maintain the archipelago's fragile ecosystem intact. The future depends on you.

  • 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.
  • Please avoid the introduction of foreign organisms such as animals, seeds, plants and insects as they cause serious problems. 
  • Galapagos animals should not be touched or petted for your safety because they can quickly loose their tmeness and change their behaviour.
  • The endemic and native fauna of Galapagos has its natural form for feeding.  Therefore, do not give them any type of food because it could harm them.
  • The Galapagos marine birds leave their nests if you disturb or follow them.  They will leave 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 then two meters.
  • Visitors sites at the Galapagos National Park are marked to guarantee your safety.  You cannot leave the paths.
  • Garbage of any type interferes with natural processes and takes away the enchantment of the unique Islands scenery. Do not dispose garbage at visitors sites, in the ocean or near the Islands.
  • 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.
  • Writing names and phrases of any type on rocks, walls etc is a sign of bad manners and rudeness and damages the scenery.
  • 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.
  • Fishing on board of tourist ships is not permitted.  Please colaborate with the Natioanl Park Service by reporting any transgression to the management of the Galapagos National Park.
  • If you want to camp in the authorized sites or do commercial fishing you have to request a permit from the Galapagos National Park Director. Please contact us at any of out technical offices located in the inhabited Islands (San Cristobel, Santa Cruz, Isabela or Floreana).

The Galapagos National Park thanks you for respecting these rules.