Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fees
The Galapagos Islands feature an amazing diversity of indigenous animals, many endemic, which are unusually tame due to lack of predation and many years of protection. This protection must continue to preserve the uniqueness of Galapagos for future generations.
Upon arrival to the islands, a park officer will collect a National Park fee of $100 US. (Cash only, no travelers checks.) everybody must pay a park entrance fee of $100.00. In the past, they accepted student cards to give a discount, but now they don't. The only ones exempt from this important fee are the residents of the islands, residents of Ecuador, or those in the pacto-Andino (and they still have to pay $50.00). Do not lose your park tax receipt; boat captains need to record it. A 50% reduction on the national park fee is available to children under 12.
The entrance fee helps fund the maintenance of the parks and other national projects.
The park entrance fee is distributed as follows: 40% Galapagos National Park; 20% Galapagos Municipalities; 10% Galapagos Province Government; 10% Galapagos National Institute (INGALA); 5% Galapagos Marine Reserve; 5% Galapagos Province Inspection and Quarantine System; 5% INEFAN (National Park Service); 5% National Army. In total, these fees assist in the protection and preservation of the Islands.