Galapagos National Park rules are very strict. Unfortunately human interaction and introduced species are two of the biggest threats to the islands so please help us to keep their impact minimal.
As one of the rules of the National Park, a naturalist must accompany you. He or she will advise you of what is and is not permitted while visiting the islands. Please follow their instructions. The most important rules are the following:
- Always follow the marked trail or your guide
- Do not touch the animals
- Do not take souvenirs (rocks/shells, etc) from the islands or seas
- Do not get too close (2 meters) to animals (especially babies and juveniles)
- Do not litter
- Do not smoke in the National Park
- Do not take food to the islands (especially organic)
- Clean your shoes’ soles before disembarking in the islands. You may have carried some seeds endemic to one island and would not want to introduce them to another.
- Always stay together with your group.
While perhaps seeming excessive please keep in mind that these rules are the only way this unique archipelago will last for years to come.