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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Closed Now: 08:00 - 12:30, 14:30 - 17:30
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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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Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good info. I guess I was just expecting more. There's also a beach area that my kids enjoyed exploring.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GomezFamilyMatriarch
Reviewed 4 days ago

My family of 5 walked here with plans for a carefree schedule free day while in the Galapagos. We loved the tour. Nice walking path, plenty to see, lots of things to read and had an excellent guide explain the story behind poor lonesome George....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank goodquestions
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was a very educational place to visit, you can see a lot of turtles of all ages and there are educational videos as well as information about Charles Darwin himself. There is a small beach where brightly colored crabs clamor over the rocks and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HombreDeFamilia
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good place to learn about Galapagos wildlife. But please read the signs. They make a great effort of teaching us as much as possible in condensed texts on signs all along the paths. I could hear people talking to each other asking themselves why this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GeorgeN714
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can easily walk here from the town. It was cool to see, but found it lacking in information about the process and nearby area, didn't see too many tortoise either.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chelssjh
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charles Darwin Research Station was super interesting; my husband and I were impressed with the sheer numbers of tortoises and other animals that were on site. While many people travel to the Charles Darwin Research Station as a part of a tour group, we...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Hali K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth a visit. Best of all, it's free! The location is close to downtown, so you can walk there. Lots of tortoises in various stages of growth. Educational and enightening.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank silvana C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The taxidermy exhibit of Lonesome George is located here, as well as a large tortoise breeding facility. It’s a little sad, but a must-visit to learn about the ecology, history, conservation, etc. of the islands. It was our 3rd tortoise center to visit, so it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lgo987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are nearby I would recommend a visit. Lots to see and photograph and even more to learn about.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brian D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool, but not what we thought it would be. It is largely an outdoor walking area made up of little wooden huts that you walk through with pictures and captions explaining the animals, research and island. There are some “pens” where you can see some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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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
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