What are the visitor guidelines of the national park?
The Galapagos National Park area is carefully protected in order to preserve the unique ecosystem that exists at the islands. Your naturalist guide should explain these rules to you, and Travel Galapagos request that all of our customers take them seriously and aim to leave no trace of their visit to the islands behind.
• No plant, animal or other natural objects (including shells, bones, pieces of wood) should be removed or disturbed.
• Do not transport any live material to the islands, or from island to island.
• Do not take any food to the uninhabited islands.
• Do not touch or handle the animals.
• Do not feed the animals.
• Do not startle or chase any animal from its nesting spot.
• Stay within the marked paths and designated visitor areas.
• Do not leave any litter on the islands or throw litter from your boat.
• Do not deface the rocks.
• Do not buy souvenirs made of plants or animals.
• Do not visit the islands unless accompanied by a licensed national park guide.
• Think about the effect that your visit is having on the islands and try to minimize any negative impact.
• If you see other tourists disobeying any of these rules then report it immediately to your guide.
If all visitors follow these rules then the islands can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Where does my money go?
The $100 national park fee is divided between a number of parties involved in both managing and preserving the islands. It is divided as follows: Galapagos National Park 40%, Galapagos municipal council 20%, Provincial government 10%, INEFAN 10%, Marine Reserve 5%, INGALA 5%, Provincial inspection system 5%, Ecuadorian navy 5%.
The $10 for the visitor control card goes to INGALA, the institution that controls migration to the islands.
Can these fees be paid with credit cards or travellers cheques?
No. Only US$ cash is accepted.
What other fees must be paid to enter Galapagos?
There is a US$10 fee for an immigration visitor control card. This fee is payable at Guayaquil or Quito airport and is necessary as a permission to enter Galapagos.
Where do I pay the entrance fee?
On arrival at the airport in Galapagos as you pass through immigration.
How much is the national park entrance fee?
US$100 per person.
At time of writing there are discounts for children under 12 years old ($50), and foreigners currently living in Ecuador with visa and censo ($25) but this is subject to change.