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Charles Darwin Research Station

#5 of 28 things to do in Puerto Ayora Features Animals
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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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience. Seeing the turtles and the breeding, and so on. Nice walk from down town also. And has a little beach

Thank Sebastian C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE were there pretty early so not everything was open, but it was a good place to see tortoises and iguanas and learn about the work of the research station.

Thank Jerome B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here at the end of our cruise and enjoyed seeing the tortoises roaming free. Providion of welly boots was good as it can be muddy. Enjoyed the coffee and the shop after the tortoise visit.

Thank ChistineC956
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very informative, very intersting demonstration including the body of the giant well known tortoise george.

Thank bestsZagreb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free entry, an obvious must see for a visit to Puerto Ayora. Many tortoises at various stages of development eating, copulating, mud bathing, doing what tortoises do. Also worthwhile seeing Lonesome George in taxidermy.

Thank Jeremy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our island stops while on SilverSea Expedition, was Santa Cruz Island at the Puerto Ayora. Although there's another turtle sanctuary on the island, we opted to skip the long bus ride & visit the research station instead, which is about a 30 minute...More

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lovely facility to walk around. Plenty of shade in the hotter weather. Plenty to stop and read as well. Lovely seeing Lonesome George, and his replacement Diego just outside. Gorgeous seeing all the baby tortoises as well. Always cute.

Thank Rosie E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a beautiful trail, with in incredible cactus forest...and incredible baby tortoises to see. It won't take much time out of your day...and I recommend stopping off at one of the beaches on your way back to town...

Thank stacydi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to learn about the giant tortoise-breeding program. Also check out "Lonesome George" and gift shop

Thank 463bibil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our three young boys. We found the indoor exhibit in the main building informative but limited - some info on tortoise distribution (extinct versus still surviving) across the various islands, how the shell shapes and species vary, some info on other animals...More

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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
Sheila S
16 April 2016|
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Response from POTCLover | Reviewed this property |
I actually do not remember when they started closing down areas for the renovation (it was told to us when you group REACHED Galapagos so that we could make a decision then whether or not we wanted to take that part of the... More
Sandra M
4 March 2015|
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Response from SingaporeDiane | Reviewed this property |
The walk is only 5-10 minutes so it will be worth it to see if the shop is open..there was also quite a bit of construction going on when I was there in January so maybe the shop was closed because I do not remember it!