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Galapagos Province (Ecuador)

Provincia de Galápagos

Last modified: 2024-02-17 by rob raeside
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[Flag of Galapagos] image by Jaume Olle 

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The flag of Galápagos islands is green over white over blue tricolor.
Željko Heimer, 14 July 1996

Galápagos is a province since 1973, before it was a territory. This flag is probably the flag hoisted for the San Cristobal Republic, proclaimed on the island of San Cristobal in 1851.
Jaume Olle, 8 September 1996

Today, Euronews broadcasted a relatively large news item about the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. In one of the scenes, three flags could be seen, all 1:2 in proportions: the Ecuatorian flag, a tricolour that could be the flag of Galapagos , but I'm not sure because I could not write it down, and another tricolour with 2:1:1 stripes in white, green and blue, the last two colours in quite light shades
Jorge Candeias, 6 April 2000

Flag and Coat of Arms could be seen at
Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001

The flag and coat-of-arms are the same that were chosen by us in 1961. I must however make a remark on what is told about the flag.
This story about a "San Cristóbal Republic" proclaimed in 1851 is a big surprise even for one who has written what is considered a serious and good history of the islands, after years of research. More so if we consider that the settlers on that island at the time numbered about half a dozen people. There was also a small garrison of four or five soldiers, headed by General Mena, the governor and a Lieutenant Barroterán. These latter were all murdered by convicts escaped from Floreana in early 1852, headed by Manuel Briones.
Neither he nor his followers proclaimed a republic as they left shortly for the mainland in the American whaler that they had captured at Floreana.
Incidentally, I should mention that my family arrived to the Island of Santa Cruz at a time when the permanent population there consisted of ten-twelve people. My parents are both buried on the island, and I have spent much time in Galápagos myself.
The full story is at
Jacob P. Lundh, 25 August 2005

The Galápagos Islands (Official name: Archipi?lago de Colón; other Spanish names: Islas de Colón or Islas Galápagos, from galápago, "saddle" - after the shells of saddlebacked Galápagos tortoises) are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator, 972 km west of continental Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The Galápagos archipelago has a population of around 40,000, is a province of Ecuador.
Jens Pattke, 23 September 2008

Coat of Arms

image from, located by Jarig Bakker, 26 January 2001

Governing Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos

[Flag of Galapagos] image by Ben Cahoon, 23 November 2023

The Galapagos province has a special regime government different from the other provices of Ecuador due to the islands distant location from the mainland and their unique biodiversity. The Governing Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos (Consejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial de Galápagos) seems have have had its own local flag since at least c.2018.

The Council website is here, it has the logo at the top: 

Searching for the names of the last few governors gave me several photos, including one of former governor (2017-19) Gladys Lorena Tapia Núñez with the link with the logo in the PDF: and another photo here from 2023 where they are also using the version for the Galapagos Provincial flag with the Full provincial Arms on it. "Sesión de Pleno del Consejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial de Galápagos" Nov. 20, 2023:

Ben Cahoon, 23 November 2023