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Administracion Turistica del Parque Nacional Galapagos

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Address: Charles Darwin s/n, EC200350, Ecuador
Phone Number: 052 526 289
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Description: The Galapagos National Park Directorate works to promote sustainable...
The Galapagos National Park Directorate works to promote sustainable tourism in protected areas of Galapagos with a regional perspective, that ensures the conservation of ecological integrity and biodiversity of the archipelago and to contribute to an equitable socioeconomic development and solidarity of the local population.
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Visiting the Animals & Islands Aboard the Isabela II - An Incredible Experience of a Lifetime

We had the very best trip of our lifetime aboard the Isabela II visiting the islands. The animals are not afraid, and so beautiful in their natural environment. The snorkeling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We had the very best trip of our lifetime aboard the Isabela II visiting the islands. The animals are not afraid, and so beautiful in their natural environment. The snorkeling with the sea animals is spectacular. We were with sea lions, fur seals, cormorants, pelicans, penguins, sea turtles, marine iguanas, sharks, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, all kinds of fish, sea... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The best way to see the Galapagos Islands and all the various wildlife is via a small boat cruise. We went on the Metropolitan Touring Isabella II cruise for 5 days and from the booking process to the moment we left, the service was top notch. The crew was very accommodating, food was amazingly good, and the naturalists provided in-depth... More 

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Armonk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Galapagos Islands were high on my bucket list and it was well worth the wait to get here. Some things to help you plan: 1. your probably going to visit them by boat - do your homework and find the right size and style. I wrote a separate lengthy review of our experience on the Coral I/II. 2. check... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Tiring, lot's of walking, biting bugs, little or no escape from the sun. But WOW.. just WOW. a life experience that should be on everyone's bucket list and more importantly one that really does live up to stories and how it is seen on TV etc really is how you experience it.

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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The Darwin Center is a must see in the Galapagos because you will have a better understanding of the wildlife when you see them in their natural setting. Without the protection of the Darwin Center the tortoise population would be much less. Easy trails to walk on and information that is easy to understand. Well worth the visit.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

There is much to see on the various islands and the natrulists we had were wonderful but this is really a place for prople who are really into birding. Sure, you see penguins, sea turtles and sea lions but after several days it gets very repetitious. The best part are the land tortoises. We only saw them on one day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We booked this trip via Odysseys Unlimited out of Newton MA and could not have been more pleased. We cruised the Galapagos Islands on the smaller ship Coral II for four days and five nights which was plenty of time to see the wildlife and geology and to snorkel. Naturalist guides are required to accompany all tourists to this sanctuary.... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Darwin Center is a great place to see how Ecuador is working to protect the remaining species of Giant Tortoises. The take the eggs off each island before they hatch and they bring them to the center where they hatch them and let them grow for 5 years before returning them to the island where they started. This keeps... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

MS Beagle was our home-away-from-home for seven nights. The Beagle is a 105 ft. motor sailor vessel, with a capacity for 12 passengers and 6 crew, we visited several islands, swam with dolphins, sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, and sea lions (incredible), and saw many different birds (including the red & blue footed boobies), plants, land tortoises, land Iguanas, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

One of the most amazing places I've been. Truly a place where time has stood still, All of the islands including the Darwin Center are unique with their wild life and terrain. From the giant tortoises to the frigate birds and blue footed boobies, it was incredible start to finish. We went on a small ship-maybe 300 people-and the ships... More 

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