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Charles Darwin Research Station

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

Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research...

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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Good Starting Point for your Visit

Whilst the work carried out by this research centre is remarkable, the place itself isn't as grand as its name suggests from a tourist's point of view. It's a great place to get a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lima, Peru
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This little gem offers a general overview of conservation efforts of the islands and has a tortoise rearing facility that lets visitors see the various stages of young tortoise life. They also have an iguana sanctuary.

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst the work carried out by this research centre is remarkable, the place itself isn't as grand as its name suggests from a tourist's point of view. It's a great place to get a first sighting of the giant tortoises and provides interesting information about wildlife projects on the islands. For new arrivals to the Galapagos this is a good... More 

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

During our Galapagos cruise, we stopped one day in Puerto Ayora and had to choose between a lengthy drive to the rainy hills to see turtles in the wild, or a visit of the C. Darwin Center plus snorkeling/swimming in sunny, pristine Tortuga bay. Without hesitation, we chose the 2nd option and loved it: C. Darwin Center's main purpose is... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This visit felt more about the tortoise breeding process than anything else. A guide is a must have to give you all the detail. If on a cruise this will be part of your itinerary.

Thank Julie P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for info and specially as "teaching" stop. The museum part was great...... not only the exhibits are great,but the air conditioning is very welcoming

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful walk between native trees. There's two beautiful beaches. There's the research center that's kind of a museum. Then you go into the paths with giant turtles and land iguana. Recommended.

Thank Connie M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend visiting this place at the beginning of your trip! We were planning to visit at the end but had some free time and we had so many questions answered for us that made our other tours more interesting. all visitors to the Galapagos should take the opportunity to see what scientist are doing to preserve this pristine archipelago.... More 

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Southwest Oklahoma
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to visit for educational purposes, and to see the tortoises in their different stages. There are other places where we got to see the tortoises in their natural environment, which we enjoyed a lot more. The tortoise trail was quite educational, but most people miss it. It is a dirt trail that took us around... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a center that actually performs research and serves a purpose, this place is unbelievably well done. Far better than I expected. It's main purpose (but only one of several) is to reestablish the tortoise population on as many islands as possible, so you get little tortoises of all flavors (many hundreds, labeled by island, playing around doing tortoise things),... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place for a walk and informative regarding the tortoises. Kids enjoyed seeing the really small ones. Interesting to learn about how they run the hatching program. Only takes a couple hours.

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