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Charles Darwin Research Station

Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Ranked #12 of 18 attractions in Puerto Ayora
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If this is the only turtle sanctuary you see, its just fine, but there are better ones on this island and other islands

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The poor giant tortoise crammed into a small space with their sad empty faces starring at you as you snap photos. They should be turned loose on the islands and the Eco naturalists should feed and care for them in the space that was theirs originally. I wish I could believe it s for the good...$$$ kinda like the giant... More

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Beijing, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

you can see different kinds of giant tortises and small babies as well and know how people try to preserve them and 2 land iguanas as well

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Lots of tortoises, young and old. On our tour, the guide flipped over a poor tortoise stuck on its back. Wouldn't be very interesting without the guide.

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Winona Lake, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After you have seen the other turtle breeding grounds this is a little bit of a let down, more similar to a zoo than anything else

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Don't miss it. You can walk to the station from town and it's free! I didn't see the iguanas I saw here anywhere else in Galapagos (maybe I was unlucky? don't know). A must do in Santa Cruz.

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Melbourne
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Nothing was open, maybe it is under construction or renovation at present, but just nothing there. Maybe with a guide it is better, but still...

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Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were taken here by bus from the pier with a naturalist from the Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship. The downside for us was being stuck in a group with a naturalist who was a slow talker and walker. Honestly, you could visit the entire place and take all of the photos you want in 20 minutes or less. There were... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The only thing worth seeing here are the Tortoises and the Orange Iguanas the rest of the grounds are research facilities closed to the public

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There's really not much todo in Puerto Ayora so you'll probably go anyways. Plus, if you're in Galapagos, you've got to see the giant tortoises. Do go to the highlands after this, though, because you'll see them in the wild.

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