Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora: Hours, Address, Charles Darwin Research Station Reviews: 4/5

Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station
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8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
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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GoFSUSeminoles
21 contributions
May 2022
We opted to take the $10 tour with a very knowledgeable national park guide and learned quite a bit about the breeding program. While on tour we were excited to see Galapagos tortoises of various ages. The visitor center was interesting and there is a gift shop on site. And don't forget to get your "passport" stamp before you leave!
Written 11 May 2022
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TrewinDorset
Christchurch250 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited as part of a tour to see the tortoise breeding and research station, then returned on our own to explore at our own pace. You can only visit the tortoises with an NP guide so there is a charge, the rest though is free.

The marine centre unfortunately was closed when we visited, but we enjoyed the museum & exhibits that were open. Also the walk to and from, stopping at the 2 little beaches with lots of iguanas and birds.
If walking from the town, there's also a little (free) ceramic garden on the right before you get to the CD station & museum. Shady & pretty for a few photos, very unusual and creative.
Written 2 May 2022
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Kevin K
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited here to but presents, the t-shirts, caps and jackets are top quality and fairly priced.

Nearly didn't get to the shop, you enter the station with an information point, then guides try to sell you a tour of the turtles for $10 a person, aggressively enough to make you think that unless you do their tour that you can't visit the actual station itself. Ignore them and keep walking, the station itself has a great cafe as well.
Written 28 April 2022
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Amy C
Arizona117 contributions
Apr 2022
Had higher expectations for The Charles Darwin Research Station.Stayed in Puerto Ayora 3 nights after our cruise ended. We had visited El Chato Ranch with our yachts naturalist, coming here was a huge disappointment after experiencing that. It's run down and a bit smelly. However it's Charles Darwin so it's a must go to contribute to the research & science...
Written 11 April 2022
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Mary S
Durham, NC8 contributions
Mar 2022
Time well spent learning about research and preservation in the Galapagos. The exhibits are interesting and well presented.
Written 27 March 2022
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RAMV_MIami
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL112 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We had a wonderful and informative guide who provided us a wealth of information about not only the tortoises and the park but also life on the islands. Although the center is interesting and I was happy to support it, I believe it could benefit from some analysis as to how to make the exhibits more interesting and the visit more comfortable.
Written 19 March 2022
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Dave B
Grand Rapids, MI577 contributions
Feb 2022
I was part of a group of a dozen people that visited the Research Station and we all enjoyed our hour-long visit and learned about the islands, Charles Darwin's long-ago visit, and the amazing Galapagos Tortoises. Wrapped up the visit with a trip to the gift shop for t-shirts for the kids.
Written 19 March 2022
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Denise
20 contributions
Mar 2022
Take care, about the guides! Jhover Alvarez sells tours on the black market during/after the tour to the turtles. He’s tours are completely overpriced and not worth it!! Don’t book with him. I think the Darwin center should try to take care, that things like this don’t happen during their tours there and choose their guides better.

The turtles in the center are very interesting, definitely worth a visit!
Written 3 March 2022
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b2run
Huatulco, Mexico202 contributions
Feb 2022
The site is within walking distance of town. We got there, paid the $10 per person fee and then waited for a guide. When none showed up, we were taken to the museum which had a few interesting things but was underwhelming. Finally a guide showed up and toured us through the museum which we had just seen. More people kept getting added to the tour and it took a long time. The turtle breeding center was interesting as was the hike but we enjoyed the breeding centers on Isabella and San Cristobal more.
Written 23 February 2022
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Adventure beyond imagination
Munich, Germany14,605 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Our guide shared all different knowledges related to the station while we walked through this wonderful place. Very informative and great job to serve the nature and save turtles.
Written 9 February 2022
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Charles Darwin Research Station is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sun - Sat 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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