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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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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the Charles Darwin research centre. Nice walk from town and has a little beach off of the road on the way which is nice to stop into on the way back. Lots of information, well laid out, you can see tortoises and iguanas...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your camera, wear your walking shoes and slather on the sunscreen, for a most enjoyable experience learning about the tortoises, iguanas, birds and other animals and plants that make the Galapagos so special! We spent 3 hours here and got great pictures of numerous...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip. Puts the history of the island in perspective. Lots of tortoises too

Thank jeffmc527
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a great introduction to how Charles Darwin arrived at the theory of evolution. It is also a great place to see the tortoises. Their small interactive museum is fun.

Thank Griselda S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is very interesting, I whish they had more information around other animals. Is too focused on turtles

Thank Ricardo L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While this is more or less a zoo with the Tortises being in pens and often on concrete, it is well worth a visit. They have fabulous information and one can get a good introduction to the wildlife of the Galapagos.

Thank DimockSteve
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wear good hiking boots and try the footpath behind the visitor center. You will get to a nice bay (fantastic for snorkeling) and if you continue along a rocky path for another 45 minutes you will get to some really nice stretches of the coast.

Thank marceschenbach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of our tour with g adventures. Wonderful to see how hard they are working to raise the baby tortoises, lots of info on there efforts. We could walk ther form out hotel

Thank Kimberly Ann J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had much higher expectations than what I saw. There weren't as many animals, and the lonesome george exhibit was dark, and very difficult to see.

Thank groger70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As this is a free attraction it is a great way to familiarise yourself with one of the archipelago’s most famous species. Parts of the center seem a little run down but there is a timely reminder that conservation efforts such as this need donations...More

Thank James K
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5 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.
9 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