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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
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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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Very interesting place

We visited as part of a Galapagos cruise we were on. It is a great place to see tortoises (from babies to giant adults) and to learn about Darwin and these incredible animals.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have mixed feelings about this place. Though I can totally understand what they are trying to do, I did not like seeing animals in a "zoo-like" environment. Being in the Galapagos Islands for me means to see animals in the wild. I hope the animals will have more space to roam in the future.

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Not sure I understand the negative reviews as we really enjoyed the Charles Darwin center. It provides a great overview & has a tortoise breeding centre and little beaches to visit. A must see on Santa Cruz

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited as part of a Galapagos cruise we were on. It is a great place to see tortoises (from babies to giant adults) and to learn about Darwin and these incredible animals.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a long walk down a path of little lava rocks. Don't wear sandals like we did. This is much more interactive than the one on San Cristobal. There are lots and lots of baby tortoises. Free event

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

if you are like me and enjoy knowing stuff, this is a good place to be and know about all the things that Darwin did

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lonesome George certainly has a prominent place in history and at the research station! Very interesting to hear about him and learn about the conservation measures in place.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here on our first day on island. It has a fair amount of the giant tortoises in decent sized enclosures. The main part of the place is to produce more of the Giants and release them into the wild. We saw various stages of the baby's from about 1 yr - 4 yr, then they are released. This... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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Go to the Highlands. Staff is amazing here and they do try and save endangered species, so it's worth visiting..

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot fully appreciate what the Galapagos is all about, and what incredible work is being done to protect the islands and the iconic wildlife that live there, until you spend some time at the Galapagos Research Station. Major attractions include an excellent display with wonderful murals about the ocean life, a whale skeleton, and a separate display to celebrate... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is "the" spot for Santa Cruz boat cruise stop overs. It's worth doing even if you are in town on your own. Great signage and an easy walking path around. I'd budget a little over an hour for a quick tour and as many hours as you want if you stop to watch the tortoises do their thing.

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