Travel guide
Galapagos Islands

Biodiversity sphere.

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the last places on the planet to be relatively untouched by man. With only 3% of their surface area populated, the islands support a remarkable ecosystem and have one of the largest marine reserves on the planet. The concept of “enchanted islands” lies at the crossroads of science, nature, literature and exploration.

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How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning/Good evening = Buenos días / Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Cómo esta ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Muy bien, gracias, y usted ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla frances / inglés ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo / No entiendo
  • Sorry = Perdón
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenida

Key figures

Area: 8 010 km²


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccination against bacterial meningitis may be recommended.

Vaccination against rabies may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and location of your stay. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.


As Galapagos is a subdivision of Ecuador, formalities remain the same:

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure. Failure to comply with this condition may result in refusal of entry to the country.

A visa is not required for a tourist stay of 90 days or less (this maximum period is calculated on a rolling 12-month basis).