Can I bring my drone to Galapagos?

There are strict regulations regarding the use of drones in Galapagos.  This ensures the protection of the unique ecosystem and wildlife and also considers the fact that not all visitors to the islands want to witness them with the buzz of a drone overhead. 

The regulations include:  

  1. Prohibition in Protected Areas: Drones are generally prohibited from flying in the Galapagos National Park, which covers 97% of the islands. 

  2. Special Permits: In certain cases, individuals or organizations could apply for a special permit from the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) to operate drones for scientific, conservation, or educational purposes. These permits require prior authorization and adherence to specific guidelines.

  3. Authorized Operators: Only licensed and authorized drone operators could fly drones in the Galapagos Islands. These operators were usually affiliated with recognized research institutions, conservation organizations, or the GNPS itself.

  4. Aerial Photography and Videography: The use of drones for commercial aerial photography or videography purposes is not allowed without special permits from the GNPS.

  5. Strict Flight Guidelines: If granted permission, drone operators must follow strict flight guidelines, including altitude restrictions, flight paths, and time limitations. 


CONCLUSION:  Leave your drone at home.

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