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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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You can spot incredible giant tortoises, black and yellow iguanas that you can't see nowhere else. Usually, in Galapagos you pay for EVERYTHING. So entering premises for free was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I loved watching the tortoises from the various islands in the Galapagos. They are in a natural enviroment. We saw 2 males fighting.

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Toronto
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is an outdoor facility. The tour takes you on a winding walk through the grounds. If you are interested in the flora and fauna, this would be interesting. There are also pens with hatched land tortoises and some larger land tortoises but nothing spectacular. I expected more information on Darwin and his experiences but this was not the case.... More 

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Tumby Bay, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

There is a considerable walk to get to the Facility. it appeared very rundown, there was no interpretive centre , nothing was open, and the whole experince did not live up to expectations.

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

You can spot incredible giant tortoises, black and yellow iguanas that you can't see nowhere else. Usually, in Galapagos you pay for EVERYTHING. So entering premises for free was nice. At the beginning, there is an interpretation center which explain you interesting things. Then you can see tortoises breeding. The bad thing, is that everything seems kind of abandoned. There... More 

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Bonita Springs
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I don't know what Celebrity paid for us to access the Charles Darwin Research Station on our recent visit to the Galapagos but it was probably too much. I should have researched this particular visit but I was so certain that it would be outstanding that I focused on other things. The Saturday morning we stopped of course we hiked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We went there as we arrived to Santa Cruz and we found out we needed to wait 4 hours until next boat to Isabela. We went at midday (not recommended) and to be honest it didn´t surprise it. I only recommend to spend time here if you have extra time and if you are not going to visit Isabela and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

everything seemed to be closed for construction or renovation. It was a Saturday morning so lots of tourists but not many staff. I suspect it would be better with a guide. The signs are confusing and it was very hot. Great to see the turtles and iguanas - a good intro to the work done here. There a wee shop... More 

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northwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Pretty much a "must do" attraction for all visitors to the Galapagos National Park- hence the generous 4* rating, this place badly needs support from the international community to breathe new life and vigour into the project. Such a shame that an iconic place like this is virtually withering on the vine with no visible National Park staff, buildings and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The guide makes the experience. Our naturalist from the Red Mangrove Hotel, Jasmany was very enthusiastic and we really enjoyed this experience.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We went to the Research Station on recomendation. It is very interesting and a must visit in Galapagos. We were somewhat dissapointed with the current state of the center. Though it should be the top tourist attraction and a center for learning, we got the feeling that there is not a lot of care in educating visitors about the Galapagos... More 

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