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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 12:30, 14:30 - 17:30
Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed yesterday

The center has a couple of buildings with exhibits and lots of information about their work. That's pretty great in and of itself, but the tortoises are the big attraction. The Giant Tortoises are amazing and you can view several older tortoises (the big ones)...More

Thank Ashley B
Reviewed yesterday

Loved seeing the animals and reading about the research that is being done on the Galapagos. I did not go with a tour but wish I had as tour guides had lots of interesting information. Because there were so many guides, I often heard their...More

Thank LJoyeBroglas
Reviewed yesterday

When we visited, we were super excited to visit this place and thought it would take hours and we ended up staying maybe 45 minutes to an hour. There are some exhibits about the finches and different animals but it was very disappointing for what...More

Thank Lauren-Wildman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really educational!! This was one of the highlights of my Galapagos trip. Informative, good exhibits in English, nice little t-shirt shop. It was quite a walk from our hotel but was worth it. A traveler would be remiss to visit this island and not go...More

Thank peastertexas
Reviewed 3 days ago

A must do when in the Galapagos. A morning or afternoon is a good amount of time to see everything, more if you can spare the time.

Thank TimeTraveler0123_10
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our two daughters (6 & 8), husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is a great place to learn about Galapagos tortoises. It's an easy walk and the area is well marked with useful information. We also got...More

Thank cjsoler23
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank bestsZagreb
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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
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!