It is currently not possible to stay overnight on the island since it does not have a tourism operator for ecotourism services nor does it have accommodation or restaurant services. The Park is only open to researchers and visitors arriving in diving boats and only during the day.
Gorgona National Natural Park is a small paradise of diversity that jumps to view when approached from deep sea as exuberant tropical forests descend from cloudy peaks into the intense blue of the Pacific Ocean’s mysterious water. The Parks is made up of two islands, Gorgona and Gorgonilla, which received their name from Francisco Pizarro in 1527; since his men were bitten by many snakes, he compared them to Gorgons, female monsters from Greek mythology. It also has signs of a Pre-Columbian settlement that existed around the 13th century BC, which is fundamental to the region’s ethno history. Gorgona was a maximum-security prison during 25 years until 1984, when scientists, environmentalists and human rights defenders led a campaign to close the prison. The Park was thus created and it included a great portion of marine area around it. It has been called ‘Science Island’ because of the great amount of information, which it has supplied to researchers to help understand its ecosystems and for the effective administration of the protected area.
- Open to the public, an operator is available for ecotouristic services.
- Circulate only through existing trails and waterways.
- We recommend you use the services of local guides and environmental interpreters.
- Keep your identity documents and valid medical insurance card with you at all times.
- We recommend tetanus and yellow fever vaccines applied 10 days prior to the trip.
- For your safety, first verify sites which are safe to swim in.
- Make sure you learn about the established entrance and visiting hours before your trip, some trails are only open during specific times.
- Keep the garbage generated during your visit and take it with you when you leave the protected area, including biodegradable substances.
- Do not feed the animals or leave food waste on the trails in order to avoid altering the wildlife’s diet.
- To avoid disturbing the wildlife, turn off flash when taking photos.
- Avoid substances that are harmful to the Park’s biodiversity such as aerosols and non-biodegradable cleaning supplies.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the protected area.
- Firearms, hunting, fishing and felling equipment are prohibited, as are these activities within the protected area.
- Bird watching requires minimal disturbance, for which you need binoculars to appreciate the birds’ behavior and beauty. You must never scare birds to see them take flight.
- Gorgona is a site of humpback whale mating, breeding and feeding. For this reason, boat persecution of individuals is prohibited; they can only be observed in chance encounters during which visitors must follow the regulated recommendations.