The Park, Conservation and Rules
Galapagos National Park the first of its kind in the world
The environmentalist attitude
The moment you set foot on the Galapagos Islands, you become part of a fragile ecosystem unlike any other. You enter a natural world where all creatures are oblivious to your presence and thus vulnerable to careless behaviour. The park demands strict adherence to specific regulations and a general care for the overall environment that should be taken into consideration if you are planning to visit the Islands.
Galapagos National Park Rules
To visit the Galapagos National Park you must always be accompanied by a certified Galapagos National Park Guide. Galapagos is unique and fragile environment. Take only photographs and video. Professional shooting needs authorization from the Galapagos National Park.
Please stay within the limits of the walking trails, for your safety and that of the flora and fauna. To avoid affecting the wildlife's natural behaviour please avoid getting closer than two metres to the animals. Camping is only allowed in specific sites. If you wish to camp, you must first obtain a permit from the Galapagos National Park. Help conservation by cooperating with the authorities in their inspection, monitoring and control duties. Report any anomalies to the Galapagos National Park.
Do not introduce foreign organisms to the islands, as these can have a negative impact on the ecosystem. Please do not buy souvenirs which are made from black coral, sea shells, sea lion teeth, tortoise shell, volcanic rock or endemic woods.
Galapagos animals have their own feeding behaviour. Never feed the animals. Feeding them can be detrimental to their health. Galapagos landscapes are beautiful and unique. Do not spoil them by writing or etching rocks or trees. Smoking or making camp fires in the Galapagos National Park areas is forbidden and can cause devastating fires. Fishing is strictly forbidden, except on those boats specifically authorised by the Galapagos National Park for that purpose only. Jet skiing, submarines, water skiing and aerial tourism are all forbidden.
Now adays the Galapagos National Park is in charge of the Marine Reserve, tourism limitations, sustainable development, scientific projects and research.