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Charles Darwin Research Station

Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Ranked #13 of 20 Attractions in Puerto Ayora
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

One of the things I was most looking forward to in my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands was spending time at the Darwin Research station. Unfortunately, even though we returned more than once, only 2 of the buildings were accessible. One had photo displays and the other was an expensive shop. Our first visit was limited to 45 minutes... More

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Deadhorse, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I would have like to have seen more about the Tortuga's. Actually go into the lab areas to see the cool stuff we had to peek in the windows. They were doing some construction and the improvements are coming...

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This place isn't necessarily meant to exceed the experience you would have by seeing tortoises or iguanas in the wild or an open preserve but one should respect the efforts to maintain a place that rescues animals running nonetheless and visit it. The Darwin Station is easily walk-able from the piers or Puerto Ayora and well worth going. There is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We got to see several large tortoises and one very beautiful iguana, and quite a few baby tortoises. Not massively interesting although a nice stroll. Entrance is free as it is part of the national park USD 100 we pay upon entry to the islands so it's a nice digestive walk.

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Westmount, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is an interesting center to learn about the protection, raising, and re-introduction of some species in the Galapagos. It works best with a guide/naturalists (but this is not totally necessary because there is much to simply observe). Note: you need to be able to walk, and it is 'outside' - It is a short walk from the town of... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We spent a pleasant morning walking round with a naturalist who made the visit informative as well as good for photos. Now that lonesome George has passed away they're pushing Diego as the big attraction who has apparently fathered over 300 baby tortoises over the years. There's also the breeding centre to have a look at where there is a... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Liked: Free entry; you can walk around by yourself. Got to see the yellow land iguanas. We loved the little beach off the research station where the marine iguanas rule. Dislikes: some construction still taking place. Some bathroom signs led nowhere.

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Chadds Ford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

On every person's "must do" Galapagos list is the Charles Darwin Research Center. If your first stop on the islands is Santa Cruz, this makes total sense. For us, Santa Cruz was last, so we were a little let down by the Center after all of our other amazing places. Guess we expected more than what was here. Still a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The station was in the middle of a big construction project when we were there. It looked like it would be really nice when done. We enjoyed seeing the native plant gardens and walking around the display telling about the history of the station.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Its bigger and better research station on nearby Isabella Island, and its spoils this one. If you don't go to Isabella island this is a must stop.

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