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Galapagos National Park – Rules to Know and Follow

One of the astonishing things that blown traveler’s mind in the Galapagos Islands is the fact that animals are fearless to human. So, it is very common to watch a sleepy sea lion in one of the benches at the harbor in Puerto Ayora while you took it a picture. However, it is completely prohibited touch, feed, chase, and approach the animals closer than 2 m – 6 ft from them. Even though these regulations, the social media recently was shocked by the pictures of a Russian tourist touching, kissing, and also standing on the giant tortoise shelves.

The international and local community was in shock after looking the pictures and tourist behavior. Then, people´s reactions started to pop up. According to scientific studies, touching, chase, or feed the Galapagos wildlife animals will affect their future behavior and even their health.

Based on this recent issue, Latin Trails, as a local tour operator and responsible of the Galapagos Sea Star Journey and the Galapagos Seaman Journey, wants to spread awareness of the rules that visitors must know in advance and follow during their trip to the Enchanted Islands. The following infographic indicates the 14 regulations that ruled in the Galapagos National Park for incoming visitors.

The Rules to follow

Rules of the Galapagos National Park

Latin Trails is committed to collaborating to reduce the impact of touristic activities in the Galapagos Islands by promoting good practices as well as following and make other follows the regulations of the Galapagos National Park.
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most pristine and fragile places in the world. It´s contribution to the understanding of the Theory of Evolution, declared by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago, has not finished yet. Declared as a National Park in 1959, public and private effort is focused on preserving this unique place in the world.
To know more about the restrictions and regulations that every tourist has to follow, please visit

To know more about the traveling options to the Galapagos Islands, contact Latin Trails and ask for their cruising trips and Island Hopping options.

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