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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Address: Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Description: 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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I admire the work the centre is doing 🐢

It was a bit of a walk into the station. I like that they had local flora growing around & what the centre is doing for the tortoises. The saddleback tortoise was very interesting... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

It was a bit of a walk into the station. I like that they had local flora growing around & what the centre is doing for the tortoises. The saddleback tortoise was very interesting too. We'd been to one of the local ranches & this was more of an experience than going here. However I admire what they are doing.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I was under the mis-impression that this was more of a museum / indoor center devoted to Darwin's research. I guess the name is what mislead me as upon arrival with our guide, we learned it is all outdoors and teeming with wildlife being raised in captivity. There were plaques along the way with information about the different ages/breeds of... More 

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I took the advice of someone and made a stop here. We were so surprised and pleased by this place. Unfortunately the visitor center was undergoing some construction, but everything else was open. The walkways through the turtle habitats were really cool and the turtles are completely oblivious to us. My favorite part was the turtle nursery.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I had friends working at the Research Station, so I got the whole "backstage" tour. And, even without them to let me into the hidden secrets of the station, the entire place is simply magical! It's educational, entertaining, and very -- very -- real! It's science up close and very personal!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Darwin's experience in the Galapagos in a nutshell. I loved it! I'd rate it as a must see in the Galapagos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Thank goodness there are people in this world that care about the earth and it's interesting creatures. This was the home of Lonesome George. Since his passing (he was very old), they are going to build a educational exhibit dedicated to him on site. Since there are few places to see these giant animals in the wild - it's a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I wouldn't have missed it but it was so hot(February) and it was relatively early in the morning. Very interesting, the attempts to breed the Galapagos turtles but I enjoyed seeing the creatures in a more realistic setting, which was somewhere else (sorry, we were taken there).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Darwin's name is invoked to get people there. It is a breeding center for baby turtles. You get to see them. You can also see land iguanas and old turtles in a zoo-like setting. Nothing special.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Just got back from the Galapagos Islands and this attraction was a total waste of time. Nothing explaining anything. The Center on Isabela Island was so much better with hundreds of tortoises.

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troy, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Our guide was too talkative... wished I was with an English speaking one.. as he would have lacked the vocabulary and spoke less.. Seems to be a frequent encounter in latin america.. they think you need to hear their encyclopedic knowledge. But in fact, we just want to relax, read the public information, and spend more time on the beach... More 

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