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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Phone Number: 52526146
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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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Great to see rescued tortoises!

At first it looks like a zoo with the tortoises in pens but then you realise they are rescued from places where people were keeping them as pets or worse so thats makes it a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

At first it looks like a zoo with the tortoises in pens but then you realise they are rescued from places where people were keeping them as pets or worse so thats makes it a different place completely.Most cannot be released into the wild as have no survival skills so this place gives them a home. Also they have a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to see lots of turtles and it's free. It was a little confusing on where to go once we got there and we ended up in a research building. Great place to walk around and see what the islands have to offer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nice morning activity. Free and information is in both Spanish and English. Very informative with good photo opportunities.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

No exhibits or visitors center with info on the tortoises and iguanas. Beautiful walkway/trail. Lots of tortoises and nursery area.

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Really need to do it with a guide who can give you insight. Ours (Bolivar Sanchez) was the best. Have not been back since Lonesome George passed, but the islands and Darwin are really the star of the show. Nicely laid out exhibit. Walking distance from downtown Puerto Ayora.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

So much hype but surprisingly so little to see about Charles Darwin's work on evolution based on his couple of weeks spent on the Galapagos!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was lovely to see different kinds of tortoises at one place. There is some info about them too, but not too much. Generally the place looks like it could do with some reconstruction.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Outstanding overview of the efforts to repopulate the giant turtle populations on the islands. Well worth a couple of hours.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

You will come here as all tourists to the islands do, but it's a bit of a let down, captive baby tortoises don't match seeing real adults in the wild, prime attraction Lonesome George is alas deceased. the Galapagos are so magical, it's getting out on a boat to the islands that's the real draw, this fills gap while the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I came to Galapagos to see the wildlife so for me seeing gated in turtles was sad. While I do appreciate that many of the older animals had been rescued I did not see this visit as a highlight of our trip

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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Phone Number: 52526146
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands  >  Santa Cruz  >  Puerto Ayora

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