The Galápagos Islands are a place where the coexistence between humans and animals is unique. Species like blue footed boobies, marine iguanas or giant tortoises are very welcoming and make us first hand witnesses of their lifestyle. You shouldn’t be surprised if you find a sea lion laying on your towel in the sand or resting on a landslide in a public park. There is no other place in the world where animals feel so comfortable with human presence.
This is the result of many years protecting the islands a all the efforts made by the Galápgos government to keep animals and the environment safe and always respected by visitors and locals. For this reason, there’s a few entry requirements tourists and locals have to comply with before entering the islands and also a set of norms and rules you need to follow while you are there, not only to protect the island but also to avoid huge fines if you don’t respect the rules.
Some things that seem perfectly normal in any other place in the world, in Galápagos are forbidden because they can cause a lot of damage to the ecosystem. You have to always keep in mind that Galápos Islands are World Heritage since 1987 and they need to be protected. Here’s the 10 rules you need to follow during your visit.