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Charles Darwin Research Station

Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

There are NO misses on these islands.. Wherever your tour company takes you, you will not be disappointed ... A weeks is enough time to hit most of the top spots.. I suggest a cruise over a hotel though Everything is there.. Yes, the living and buildings are a bit run down .. But there trying, there friendly, and there... More

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boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Liked this much more than I expected. It's a lovely walk with lot of giant tortoises of all sizes and age, and many good stories about them and the efforts to keep the breeds pure. Definitely always use a gude for this - you get so much more out of it.

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Malibu
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The research that is being done here is very good, but it needs to be more interactive. It is a lovely place and needs some updating and more relevant to the visitors!

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Germantown, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Of course, this is what you always associate with Galapagos. Best to go with a guide to get the most out of what you are seeing.

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burnaby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Went with family, all 20+, on our own with no guide. A nice casual walk with some scenery and a nice view of turtles, tortoises and iguanas. However you can see all of those in full nature when you travel around the island however, it's hard to complain about something free.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Darwin Centre is the focus of the breeding programme to preserve the giant tortoises. The guide told us that they only breed from parents that are confirmed as from a particular island, as each island's tortoises are unique. The babies are numbered and colour coded so they are released on the correct island. The guide said she was so... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Great overview of the Giant Tortoise breeding programme but little else to see other than information boards. Good to get a guide to show you around

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Across this site, there have been many posts saying this was good, but not great, and said that the Research Station on Isabela was better. If you are looking for tortugas only, then that is correct, but the CDRS is more than just tortugas, and therefor it is better. As I am a DIY traveler, this little local was look... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Very little to see here, and in conditions that are nowhere like the natural ones you'll see on the islands. If we had to omit one item from our 2 week itinerary in Galapagos this would have been it. The highlight was the tame finches sitting on the counter at the snack bar.

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

While i was interesting seeing this, and to say we were there, we saw similar things at other places, like the breeding station on Isabela, which were far more interesting. Plus we had already seen the tortoises at the reserve, and iguanas in the wild. The research station is about a 20 minute or so walk along the ocean road... More

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