Rules of the Galapagos National Park

1 Visitors to any protected areas within the Galapagos National Park must be accompanied by a naturalist guide authorized by the GNPD.

2 Travel only with tour operators and/or boats authorized to work in the protected areas of Galapagos.

3 Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife, and for your safety.

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

5 Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems.

6 Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife. Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the GNPD.

7 Camping is only allowed in a few authorized areas in the Islands. Request authorization to camp at the Galapagos National Park’s offices at least 48 hours in advance.

8 It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.

9 Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation prior to leaving Galapagos. This is illegal and must be reported.

10 Practice “leave-no-trace” principals in order to maintain the beauty of the environment.

11 Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat.

12 Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park, as fires poses a serious risk to the flora and fauna of Galapagos.

13 Fishing is only permitted on recreational tour boats authorized by the GNPD.

14 Motorized aquatic sports, mini-subs, and aerial tourism activities are not permitted in the Galapagos National Park or Marine Reserve.

15 Visiting hours to areas of the Galapagos National Park are as established in the Management Plan, from 6:00 to 18:00, with diving activities ending at 17:00, excluding permitted night diving.

16 The use of sound players such as radios, cellphones, speakers is only allowed through headphones.

17 The use of sunscreen containing the chemicals oxybenzone, octinoxate, and others harmful to marine ecosystems is regulated and restricted to sustain and protect the coral reefs.


Drone Use Prohibited 

The use of drones is strictly prohibited in the Galapagos Islands without a permit from the Galapagos National Park.  Please note that if a guest brings a drone on board Galapagos Sky without a proper permit, they will not be allowed to use it.  

We are unable to assist with obtaining drone permits.