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  Page updated:28.02.2013


Entry tax to protected areas

For more information contact:
Ginger Lozano, +593 (0)5 252 6189 Ext. 140, glozano@spng.org.ec




Park rangers at the airports of Baltra and San Cristóbal charge an entry tax to protected areas.

Each visitor pays an entry tax to the protected natural areas, which is divided among several local and national institutions for allocation to sustainable human development.

In general, revenues generated by recreational and tourism activities that take place in protected areas, are derived from three avenues: (a) payment of an admission or entry fee, (b) payment of permits, licenses or rights of tourism operations, and (c) resources produced by service concessions or permits for certain activities.


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» Distribution of tax


The admission or entry fees are established with the objective of recovering the investment costs required to carry out conservation and management activities in protected areas, or to generate additional income for human development activities in the surrounding areas.

The Directorate of the Galapagos National Park is the institution responsible for administering the process of tax collection for entry of tourists into Galapagos, control of daily deposits, daily settlements, management of species data banks valued by each species, make monthly payments and delivery of the tax to each of the beneficiaries in Compliance with the Organic Law for Sustainable Development of the Province of Galapagos and its implementing regulation.




The price of the tax depends on the nationality, residence and age of the visitor.


Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists.


Prices for entry tax to protected areas

NOTE: Domestic and foreign tourists under 2 years of age are exempt from this tax.

Foreign tourists, non-residents of Ecuador over 12 years US $100
Foreign tourists, non-residents of Ecuador under 12 years US $50
Foreign tourists non-residents of Ecuador over 12 years,
nationals of one of the countries belonging to the Andean Community
of Nations or Mercosur
US $50
Foreign tourists non-residents of Ecuador under 12 years,
nationals of one of the countries belonging to the Andean Community
of Nations or Mercosur
US $25
Tourists and foreign nationals residing in Ecuador, over 12 years US $6
Tourists and foreign nationals residing in Ecuador, under 12 years US $3
Tourists, students not living in Ecuador who are enrolled
in national educational institutions
US $25

Financial Management of tax

The Directorate of the Galapagos National Park collects the funds directly and makes them available to the State for distribution to the various beneficiaries.

Income from amounts collected for years 2010 to 2011 with a total of

U.S. $ 21.728.507.00



In 2008, a total of U.S. $ 12,028,838.00 was collected.








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