National Park Rules & Regulations

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During orientation, your guide will go over the Galapagos National Park rules which you are required to follow during the cruise. Signs are also posted on board our vessels list the National Park Rules & Regulations.  The park requires that all visitors to the protected areas within the Galapagos National Park must be accompanied by a licensed naturalist guide.  Guests must stay with their guide and remain on marked trails. Respect interpretive signs for the protection of wildlife and your safety.

It is your responsibility not to transport food, animals or plants into the islands and you must cooperate with the environmental inspection officials at the airports (SICGAL). Food or drinks, except water, are not permitted on the uninhabited islands. Be careful not to transport any live material or sand from one Island to the next.   Do not leave any trash on the Islands or throw any litter overboard.

Do not buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation.  This is illegal and must be reported. Do not disturb or remove any native plant, rock or animal on land or in the water.

Maintain a distance of at least six feet from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you.

Do not touch, pet or feed the animals. Do not startle chase any animal from its nesting place.

Motorized aquatic sports, mini-subs and aerial (drone) activities are not permitted in the National Park or marine reserve.  Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife.

To avoid disturbing or provoking wildlife, Ecoventura suggests their guests avoid wearing bright colored clothing while on the Islands, refrain from using selfie sticks and to use bio-degradable sunscreen.  Any packaging materials should be taken back to the mainland rather than leaving trash on board in Galapagos.

Smoking is strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park.

Fishing is only permitted on recreational boats authorized by the GNPD licensed for “pesca vivencial”.