The Enchanted Islands, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, are known for their unique flora and fauna, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. The Galapagos Islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and continue to be a living laboratory for scientific research.

As a Marine Reserve and National Park, the islands are home to many endemic species, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and several species of finches. They are also known for their diverse marine life, including sea lions, sharks, whales and several species of fish, and strict regulations are in place to protect the fragile ecosystem.

Rules for Visiting the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve


1. Keep a distance of 2 metres from wildlife, including cameras.

2. Do not touch or feed the fauna.

3. Do not remove elements of the ecosystem.

4. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or make bonfires.

5. Walk only on marked trails.

6. Take photos without flash. Professional filming and drones require permission.

7. Camp in designated sites with prior permission.

8. Use authorised sport fishing boats.

9. Do not introduce external elements to the ecosystem.

10. Do not use motorised boats, submarines and aerial tourism.

*Failure to comply with these rules will result in sanctions.


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