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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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  • Average27%
  • Poor7%
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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

Not sure how to rate, describe... There were several spots that were under construction, which is definitely understandable. After you hear about it for so long, I expected something huge but the exhibits were smaller then expected, and fewer animals that I thought. Just not...More

Thank Lucy E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent some time here wandering around reading the information boards but found little about the life of Darwin himself which we thought odd. The info on animals and evolution are fascinating but a little dry, some area of museum with skeletons would be good....More

Thank Allgoodthyngs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a place that has had such a big importance for the development of Darwin's revolutionary theory it is simply impossible to understand why there is not more information about him and his whole story. You should only go if you want to know more...More

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They do such amazing work here and it's great to have a guided tour who can explain everything to you although it's not really required as they do cater for tourists. Make sure you get your passport stamped!

Thank rubster5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main thing to see here is the history and the knowledge that is displayed at the various stops and exhibts. We were fortunate as they were having an open house and the scientists that work at the station were explaining what they do and...More

Thank michaelfitzg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice informative way to learn about the islands and Darwin. Could be better with more interactive exhibits. The best thing I saw was a cotton tree and blackberry tree on the way to the center. Be advised there is a lot of walking involved but...More

Thank vandrea92114
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have a raising Galapagos tortoise center, a lot of explanations about Galapagos animals in English and Spanish. It's a really good place to learn about Galapagos animals.

Thank Sofia C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most tours visit Puerto Ayora in some capacity or other, so if you're in the Galapagos you'll likely have an opportunity to visit here, and you should definitely take advantage of it. First and foremost, it is a research center, not a petting zoo, so...More

Thank C R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a 15-20 minute walk down Charles Darwin Rd. from the Fish Market area of Puerto Ayora we found a very well set up and informative visitor center and stations around. The little beach near it is worth a peak. Black marine iguanas abound in...More

1  Thank jabnolla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The center was a disappointment. There is little to see and it is a bit run down. They are taking extreme caution when viewing Lonesome George, so the wait can be a while. I enjoyed the tortoise center on San Cristobal and Isabela more.

Thank Heidi O
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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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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

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