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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%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“lonesome george” (203 reviews)
“land iguanas” (121 reviews)
“baby tortoises” (57 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There are quite a lot of the different giant tortoises here but some are hard to see and the fences get in the way of photos.

Thank 56stevem68
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really liked the Darwin station. You get a lot of information and you can see many giant turtles as well as a few iguanas.

Thank MGO99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Believe every cruise/naturalist tour I looked at included a stop here if they went to Puerto Ayora. However it is well worth the time to visit, on a tour or by yourself. We spent 2-3 hours here with our naturalist guides who offered a lot...More

Thank luv2ride
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would not recommend this place. The poor turtles are in a large area that is all dirt . They need vegetation. They need to move and roam around. They are clearly not happy. We didn't even stay. I think this is for all the...More

Thank lvcolombo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to see the turtle breeding ground but despite a recent refurb the place is a little light on information. Worth a visit all the same especially as entrance is free.

Thank Mb9463x
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to view the tortoises from young to old. You will see the animals in many stages of their development. Very informative and friendly staff. You can see lonesome George also. (The taxidermied remains) You take a stroll through the town, pass by the...More

Thank sleepy155
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved seeing the baby tortoises and learning about all stages of their growth into adult tortoises. Also on display is the remains of Lonesome George the most famous tortoise of them all!

Thank MamaPearl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good spot to see giant and baby turtles. Lonesome charlie was the highlight of the station. Try to get there off tour times.

1  Thank Bilge A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Charles Darwin Research Station is a great place where you can see the big Tortoises while on the island. It's a walking tour so wear comfortable sneakers.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

2+ hours flew by enjoying the walk around the station and the dedication and commitment of the scientists, researchers and carers in preserving the various Giant Tortoise species, the rare mangrove finch and finding ways to control and eliminate invasive species is highly impressive.

1  Thank NornIrn
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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.
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