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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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  • Average25%
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  • Terrible1%
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“lonesome george” (235 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 235 reviews
"land iguanas"
in 127 reviews
"baby tortoises"
in 63 reviews
"conservation efforts"
in 31 reviews
"breeding program"
in 27 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
"flora and fauna"
in 28 reviews
"different species"
in 19 reviews
"on display"
in 18 reviews
"galapagos islands"
in 59 reviews
"small beach"
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"great place to visit"
in 15 reviews
"an easy walk"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The centre was so amazing to see with the wildlife all around you it was sad to see lonesome George such an interesting place well worth a visit

Thank patronan2003
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

These people are doing an amazing job in restoring the land turtles back to this area. Such an interesting place to visit and within walking distance from the pier. Very educational and highly recommend.

Thank StevePeggy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An amazingly well organised station. Our tour guide, Sophia, was able to share so much of the important work being done and it was a delight to see the 1-5 year old turtles as well as the old favourites who are repopulating Galápagos - With...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say where else do you walk the path of Charles Darwin, I got to see lonesome George and learn about him. Then to see the work they do with tortoises and trying to keep Charles Darwin work going.It was worth the tripto...More

Thank Clarice F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was very educational. I spent three hours here after a busy morning snorkeling. Perfect end to the day. I found it very interesting and extremely well done. I'm surprised that there is no entrance fee. The various guides were very good and informative. Lots...More

Thank Crummy1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved it here. It is a must see. Really bad signage so take care not to get lots. Super hot so take lots of water and big hat and sunscreen .LONESOME GEORGE is there.He has been preserved. The breeding centre is great too. Be...More

Thank William H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 90 minutes here. There are exhibition boards around the walk to provide basic information. There is an opportunity to view the tortoises from the different islands and the youger bred animals in the corrals. The highlight is to see a preserved lonely George.

Thank Phil R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place to walk and read about Galapagos flora and fauna. There are enclosures with turtles babies of different age, that was really a miracle to see just after visiting Rancho with their huge relatives:) Good promotion of awareness how fragile our world is...More

Thank Lena M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was impressed with the station and all they do to preserve these tortoises, especially the rarer saddleback type. I love that they release them back to their respective islands in the archipelago. The Lonesome George mummy with 6-minute viewing time is a little odd,...More

Thank StorkRN1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Darwin Research Station is a must-see when in Puerto Ayora. The story of Lonesome George is a true parable for our critical times.How wonderful that people care about these giant beings!! What about all of the other endangered species on our fragile planet. Kudos...More

Thank Taosharon
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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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