When you arrive in the Galapagos Islands, you are required to pay a National Park Entrance Fee. For the average visitor (adult, non-Ecuadorian) the cost is USD$100. This is one of two fees that you’ll pay to enter the Galapagos. The other fee and document that you’ll need is issued by the Consejo de Gobierno de Galapagos. It is called the Transit Control Card (Tarjeta de Control de Transito).
Just How is My $100 Used?
- 40%: Galapagos National Park (Parque Nacional Galapagos)
- 25%: Galapagos Municipalities (Municipalidades de Galapagos)
- 20%: Galapagos Government Counsel (Consejo de Gobierno de Galapagos)
- 5%: Galapagos Marine Reserve (Reserva Marina de Galapagos)
- 5%: SICGAL (Agrocalidad – SICGAL)
- 5%: Ecuador Navy (Armada del Ecuador)
While the most common fee is $100, there are a number of other options.
- Adult (Non Resident) Foreigners: $100
- Youth (Non Resident, under 12 years of age) Foreigners: $50
- Adult Ecuadorian Nationals or Foreigners with Legal Residency: $6
- Youth (under 12 years of age) Ecuadorian Nationals or Foreigners with Legal Residency: $3
So the first time we visited the Galapagos Islands (July 2011) it cost $250 for us to enter. Since then we have received legal residency and the second time we visited (April 2012) it cost just $15. If you are Ecuadorian (or a legal resident) don’t forget to show your Cedula (Cédula de identidad) to pay the lower rate.
Also, you should confirm with your tour operator if your entry fee has been paid by them or not. If so, your name (and corresponding payment) will be on a list at the airport in Baltra. You will need to mention this to the staff. Otherwise you could end up paying twice.
Important Note: Keep Your National Park Entry Card
While not common, you might be asked to show your small card. The first time we visited Tortuga Bay we had to put our passport number and our Entry Card number. Plus, it makes a great souvenir from your trip!