What is expected of you
Your fellow passengers deserve to be treated the same way you would like to be treated. If something is not to your liking, you can always talk to your naturalist guide, cruise director or captain and they will do everything in their power to accomodate you. Openly complaining creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and affects the experience of every person onboard. Remember that your fellow guests are on holiday and the last thing they want to hear is bad temper and complaints.
You will find that the small yacht experience allows for guests to get to know one another by sharing the wonderful Galapagos experience. Every guest becomes a part of this experience so it is also up to you to complemement the wonderful sights and sounds of the Galapagos.
As a common courtesy to other guests, please be punctual. Your naturalist guide or cruise director will let you know and announce the activities’ departure times. They will also announce wake up calls and dining hours.
galapagos national park
The most important rules and regulations of the Galapagos National Park for visitors are the following:
- Always follow the marked trail and never leave it.
- Do not touch the animals.
- Do not take souvenirs from the islands.
- Do not get too close to animals.
- Do not litter.
- Do not smoke on the islands.
- Do not take food to the islands.
- Clean your shoes' soles before disembarking in the islands. You may have carried some seeds endemic to one island and would not want to introduce them to another.
- Fishing is prohibited on the Galapagos National Park’s marine reserve.
- If you see anyone violating these rules, notify your guide immediately.
- Anytime you disembark your ship and set foot on the Galapagos National Park, your naturalist guide is the maximum authority.
- Always stay close to your guide. This is the best way to avoid accidents.
- Do as your guide instructs at all times. Your guide knows the terrain and wildlife like the palm of his/her hand.
- If you have anything on your mind, do not hesitate to ask your guide. They are very knowledgeable and friendly.
- Always follow the marked trail. Do not leave the trail at any time, otherwise you might stumble upon wildlife and harm yourself, the animals and plants.
- Animals in the Galapagos are completely unafraid of humans. They will not get out of your way, so mind your step! Many animals such as boobies, lizards, iguanas and sea turtles will nest in the marked trail and cross your path frequently.
- Some species like the Sea Lions are very friendly and may approach you. Do not touch the animals and maintain a safe distance! It is in your hands to keep these animals unafraid of humans.