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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Closed Now: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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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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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On our trip to Galapagos we took in the center. Many adult tortoises and babies. The rehab center working hard to increase island populations. Other exhibits and historical items. Worth while.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the main functions is to raise the baby turtles to 4 years of age when they will be returned to their original island. They have some giant tortoises here. If you won’t be leaving this area then it would be a must see....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice interesting visit to learn more about the research facility, what they do, and see and learn about the tortoises. Definitely worth visiting since it’s right in town.

Thank welltraveled155
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience using Adventures within Reach to book our trip to the Galapagos. Everyone got back to us quickly, and Robin from the travel agency was able to give us a trip that was exactly what we wanted and within our budget....More

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the path with all the signs that explain about the different animals of the galapagos Islands. There is a place were you can see the turtles but for me it felt like a zoo and I didn't liked it so much. Don't forget...More

Thank NaomiCat12345
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a guide so was really interesting. Worth a couple of hours visit. Natural history of Lonesome George.

Thank Susanif
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’ve been here many times over the years but it never ceases to amaze. It is often very hot but the tortoises never fail. Now there are even baby Floreana tortoises - a species thought to be extinct until a few years ago. It’s not...More

Thank Glyn Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the research station on our first day to the island and also the last because we enjoyed it so much. A great chance to see the different stages of conservation and even better, the tortoises themselves at different ages. We were so mesmerised...More

Thank Katy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to undestand the magic and the value of Galapagos. It is a must in a visit. Try to go early in the afernoon

Thank Santiago G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quite a nice place to visit for an hour or so. Lots of information on the research being done at the galapagos and a few giant tortoises of all ages dotted about too.

Thank Daniel C
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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