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Charles Darwin Research Station

Address: Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is not a research station. It is no more than a bunch of fence enclosed pens where they have tortoises at different ages, with a number on their back waiting to grow up and be released into the wild. No where do you see or hear what the research is about. The paths were dirty. After seeing the animals... More 

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Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

After working on a turtle farm and swimming with them etc. i felt that this place is good to see them, but unlike the one on San Cristobol, you can't get close to them and it feels a little like a turtle zoo. Though good if you want to waste 15 minutes of the day.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I am not sure who visits these places, but we are in our 30s and consider ourselves pretty open minded on these things. First of all, this is NOT a research station and other than having some 5 foot steel statue of Darwin and his name on some wooden sign, there is nothing about this place he would approve of.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We walked to the Research Station at the end of a busy day and only saw a little of what the location had to offer. We primarily went to see the baby tortoises which was difficult to find (actually we saw a lot more at the breeding station on Isabela Island). The place is a little rough to navigate and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you get to Puerto Ayora, you must visit the Darwin Research Station. We had a guide, which was VERY helpful in providing color, context, and insight into the rich history. Seeing the tortoises (I'm sorry we missed Lonesome George!) was incredible. I have a new respect for just how special the Galapagos are. Thank you, Charles Darwin, for helping... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great stop on tour of Galapagos. We were here primarily to see the Giant Tortoises and it was wonderful. They have all different ages of tortoises that separated by different pens. Our tour guide was wonderful in explaining how the breeding center operates and its intent. They do a wonderful job and it was a very educational visit.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is close by the port and easy walking distance from town. It is free to walk around and see the tortoise, land iguana, marine iguana and work of many of the Galapagos scientist. There are signs at each exhibit for you to read about the species or just enjoy the sites.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The garden area is great; however the majority of the things people want to see is closed. Some say by appointment only. I tried for appointment and you can not. Until it is open I suggest only coming to see the outdoor garden

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The actual center has one building with different souvenirs. The center has different areas surrounding with giant tortoises, iguanas and other wild life from the Galapagos. I was with a guide that was able to explain facts about the center but you could do it on your own too. The most interesting part is that you are able to see... More 

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Paris
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I was expecting so much more from this place !!! In fact it probably only for working scientists. Public has less to see than wild places in National Parcs. I wanted to buy books but the boutique was closed for works and the temporary boutique closed also !!! Luckily the entrance was free. the only interesting place inside the area... More 

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