Galapagos is a place where the humans and animals coexistence is unique and something very special you shoudl live at least once. Species like blue footed boobies, marine iguanas or giant tortoises are very used to human presence and this trust (that you need to preserve) will let you witness the most amazing scenes of their daily wild lifestlye. 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 and 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 might seem perfectly normal in any other place in the world could be forbidden in Galápagos because of the harm they could to the perfectly balanced but fragile ecosystem. You have to always keep in mind that Galápagos Islands are World Heritage since 1987 and they need to be protected. Here’s a very detailed post with the 10 rules you need to follow while you are there and you can also check out our instagram account for a summary with the most important ones here: