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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%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“land iguanas” (118 reviews)
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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the place on earth that gives respective to animals. They have build a memorial for Lonesome George, as the last giant land tortoise from Pinta Island with $1 million. They receiving funding by donation only, so please be generous to donate otherwise our...More

Thank CoCoLau
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you have some time to spare, please walk to the left, of the coast line of puerto ayora, where you find the Darwin Research center. Very well organized and the impressive Turtleprogram

Thank Erwin J
Reviewed 3 days ago

So much free information about all the great projects going on as well as the history of the archipelago and Charles Darwin. It's not too well organized as we weren't quite sure which way to trek through the exhibit but we wandered around and made...More

Thank Priti P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very underwhelming Very very underwhelming Very very very underwhelming Very very very very underwhelming

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited after seeing the giants in the wild on isabela island. So it was great to work backwards from some of them being released into the wild and then back through the conservation projects here in Santa Cruz. Since the return of lonesome George...More

Thank Olivia S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a day where we had time to explore the island. It is great to see what they are doing to preserve the island's eco systems and animals. Great place to see land iguanas and giant tortoises.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here as part of a tour but was a let down. You see some tortoises, adults and babies and then they show you how they incubate the eggs but only with a poster, you don't see any of the research or lab areas and...More

Thank den r
Reviewed 1 week ago

after being stung fees here there and every where it was really nice to visit such a wonderful educational and interesting place. giant tortise, iguanas and birds gallor. really enjoyed the walk around this park

Thank Kate C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as part of a guided tour. Easy walk throughout. Covered areas describing what is done there. Saw baby giant tortoises being raised there for eventual release to the wild. Definitely recommend. Takes about 2.5 hours if you are taking your time to really...More

Thank lovetheoutdoors061
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently travelled to the Amazon Jungle and Galapagos Islands using Adventures Within Reach as our agents. After experiencing a great deal of frustration trying to organise this combination via travel agents in Australia (where we live), I stumbled across AWR online. The service they...More

Thank hnegri03
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Response from kalamakid | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you email them directly at cdrs @ fcdarwin. org. ec and ask.
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

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