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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“lonesome george” (238 reviews)
“land iguanas” (127 reviews)
“baby tortoises” (63 reviews)
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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 5-252-6146
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"lonesome george"
in 238 reviews
"land iguanas"
in 127 reviews
"baby tortoises"
in 63 reviews
"conservation efforts"
in 32 reviews
"breeding program"
in 28 reviews
"eggs"
in 28 reviews
"turtle breeding"
in 15 reviews
"gift shop"
in 37 reviews
"breeding center"
in 24 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 52 reviews
"different species"
in 20 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 28 reviews
"on display"
in 18 reviews
"galapagos islands"
in 60 reviews
"small beach"
in 26 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 16 reviews
"an easy walk"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a good walk from the main area, but worth it. My husband has been waiting to see Lonesome George for many years, even though he died in 2012 it was still nice to see him. We walked through on our own which was...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a nice walk and the grounds are interesting. You'll learn more about turtles than you probably need to know, but if you're into turtles this is a great place to visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

While the baby turtles were great to see and the work with those and housing the older domesticated Giant Tortoises is admirable, we felt the station could offer more to those visiting the site. It was a challenge to determine what the station is really...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was very useful to gain knowledge about the land tortoises. We were with a guide through Indus Travel which is highly recommended.

Thank Judith S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A short walk from the Waterfront this is a must for all visitors to the island. The breeding area for the Giant tortoises is worth the visit itself. On the way out be sure to stop by Station Beach and see the iguanas. It is...More

Thank gf1349
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great way to see some is the marine life in a relatively compact area. You can see marine iguanas and sea lions as well as the tortoises in their captive breeding program.

Thank Gerryinbkk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Research Station raises tortoises and releases them back into the wild when they are large enough.

Thank ScouterVirginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great place to visit on our first day. We came to understand a lot more about the tortoises and why they are special. You also get to see lots of baby and little tortoises and learn about the research efforts to save...More

Thank skcritter
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured this facility and enjoyed every aspect of it. All the tortoises and iguanas were majestic and we’re grateful folks are ensuring their survival.

Thank 8636travel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For those who need more info about Darwin and his work, good place to visit. If you want to get a stamp in your passport, this is place to get it. We saw iguana here and on the way to the airport. Also, there are...More

Thank Bojan V
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Francina183
6 September 2017|
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Response from Curtis S | Reviewed this property |
No idea sorry. But if you do find it open explore every possible corner as things are tucked away. Particularly Diego and the taxidermed Lonesome George.
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LoudounTraveler2
10 August 2017|
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Response from Asummer7 | Reviewed this property |
We had a guide but realized that we probably didn't need one. There are enough displays with information that covered everything he said. The only thing the guide added was in identifying birds snd plants as we were walking... More
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Reg1811
16 May 2017|
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Response from Rhonda S | Reviewed this property |
It's free and in my opinion, the best place to start your visit to the Galapagos. We went the day we arrived in Puerto Ayora
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