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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%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed yesterday

At the edge of Puerto Ayora, they have very informative displays that should be part of every visit to the Galpagos

Thank Stan N
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is so interesting even the locals go back occasionally. A must stop in the islands. A bit of a walk, but you can ask them to call a taxi to take you back to your hotel.

Thank Bill F
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are on the island of Santa Cruz, you really must visit the Darwin Center. Their exhibits and short film are excellent, and you can walk to several small beaches to see marine iguanas and sea lions swimming. You will delight in the brightly...More

Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This center seems to have fallen on hard times and encountered some financial problems. The breeding center on Isabla in Puerto Villamil is far superior. You can see the great Diego who, after Lonesome George's passing, is the oldest living tortoises in captivity.

Thank flaneur40
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing views of Giant Tortoises of all ages and sizes, absolutely free. Lots of signage to indicate what you're viewing, all in both Spanish and English. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Also, it's totally free!

Thank Brian W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Informative and interesting! Respect their works. Good for kids as well! Recommended. It takes around 2-3 hours to check out the whole place.

Thank Sam C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had spent seven days in the Galapagos before we got to the Research Centre. this was probably a good thing because the information panels and our very knowledgeable tour guide filled in all sorts of blanks in information about Darwin, his time on the...More

Thank wwrj
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This tour was with a private guide for us. It was nice because we could move at a faster pace than the large groups and we weren’t limited to where we wanted to go. You get to see the breeding grounds, history, and even the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entrance is free to this research station that primarily focuses on Galápagos Tortoise breeding. We joined a group from our hotel (Finch Bay) and had Marco as our guide. We saw the different species of tortoises that are unique to each island including babies that...More

Thank AshleeTC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interesting center developed to learn and study Charles Darwin theories developed in the islands. One should go with a very good guide in the center.

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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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