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Galapagos Travel

Galapagos National Park Rules

While we, as humans, must obey all of these rules at all times - sometimes the wildlife doesn't play by the rules! Always be careful around the animals in the Galapagos Islands. If a curious sea lion, turtle or iguana approaches you, stay calm and try to give them space, and remember to expect the unexpected in the Galapagos!

1. While visiting National Park sites, you must always be accompanied by a certified Galapagos National Park Guide.

2. The Galapagos is a unique and fragile environment.  Take only photographs and video.  Professional shooting and drones require authorization from the National Park.

3. Please stay within the limits of the walking trails for your safety and that of the flora and fauna.

4. To avoid affecting the wildlife's natural behavior please avoid getting closer than two meters to the animals. 

5. Camping is only allowed in specific sites.  If you wish to camp, you must first obtain a permit from the Galapagos National Park. Campfires are not allowed.

6. Help conservation by cooperating with the authorities in the their inspection, monitoring and control duties.  Report any anomalies to the National Park.

7. Do not introduce foreign organism to the islands as these can have a negative impact on the ecosystem. 

8. Please do not buy souvenirs that are made from black coral, sea shells, sea lion teeth, tortoise shell, volcanic rock or endemic woods. 

9. Galapagos animals have their own feeding behavior.  Never feed the animals.  Feeding them can be detrimental to their health.

10. Galapagos landscapes are beautiful and unique.  Do not spoil them by writing or etching rocks or trees.

11.  Do not litter while on the islands.  Always dispose of rubbish in a safe and appropriate way, including using recycling facilities.

12. Smoking or making campfires in the national park areas is forbidden and can cause devastating fires.

13. Fishing is strictly forbidden, except on those boats specifically authorized by the Galapagos National Park for that purpose only.

14. Jet skiing, submarines, water skiing and aerial tourism are all forbidden.

Visit the Galapagos National Park Website to learn more.

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