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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS A SAFE DESTINATION
The enchanted Galapagos are one of the safest travel destinations in the world. In 1959 the Galapagos Islands were declared a National Park in order to preserve their environment. Because of all the natural beauty the Galapagos Islands hold, they receive thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Therefore, there are several rules to enter Colon’s archipelago.
If you are planning to travel to this unique paradise, continue reading this post and find out everything you need to know about the Galapagos Islands as a safe destination.
A SAFETY PLACE
The Galapagos Islands are a safe and quiet destination for travelers. It is important to emphasize that in Galapagos only 3% of the surface is inhabited by humans. Therefore, there is not a large population. To avoid problems, it is important to follow the regulations and measures in place.
In the city, especially in Puerto Ayora, it is important to pay attention to traffic laws. When visiting beaches and places of interest you must take the marked trails and routes.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ARE NOT ALLOWED
It is important to note that Galapagos Islands cannot be accessed by direct flights. It is only allowed to enter through domestic flights from Quito or Guayaquil.
In order for the authorities of the Galapagos National Park to regulate and control the entry and exit of the archipelago, there is a control process to enter the islands.
Before traveling to the Galapagos Islands from Quito or Guayaquil, you must pass through the INGALA (Galapagos National Institute) control area. Here you will pay for your transit control card and your luggage will be inspected. Once the procedure is completed, your luggage is stamped with a special label, to acknowledge that it has passed the review.
It is recommended to pay attention to warning signs about poisonous plants. As well as always follow the marked trails. Since many of the trails are composed of volcanic lava, you may slip or have an accident.
When traveling by cruise ship, always try to have a life jacket close to you. In the Galapagos Islands there are hot and humid seasons, as well as times when the wind is much stronger. It is advisable to bring warm sweaters.