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Charles Darwin Research Station

Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Ranked #11 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A good way to see some animals, though not in the natural habitats that Galapagos is known for. Only takes 1-2 hours max. No guide necessary IMO.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We did the Charles Darwin station on the last day and if we're truly honest we didn't enjoy it. We feel we may have jaded ourselves by visiting 2 of the islands first and going to the tortoise farm, it's okay for a stroll around but I recommend going on your first day or not at all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited this centre while staying for a week in the Galapagos. it was very interesting to see all the work put into conserving the islands, particularly the tortoise population. the centre has a breeding programme established to help these animals and you can visit the baby tortoises. There is also an opportunity to see Lonesome George's old enclosure and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very interesting to learn about the history of Galapagos and to get an indepth description of the giant tortoises.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Well kept grounds with lots of information, research and information. Here on the coast you will find hundreds of the marine iguanas on the lava rocks. Nice small beach to cool off.

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Yellowknife, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We were just completing a week of touring the Galapagos by boat when we came to Santa Cruz. OUr guide was phenomenal. She knew everyone and everyone knew her. She took us behind the scenes and we got to get up close and personal with the staff and animals. A brilliant experience. The displays are a bit underwhelming at the... More

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was very excited to visit the research station as part of our trip to the Galapagos. Unfortunately, our guide was not very engaging and did not know much about the husbandry and biology of the tortoises. I wound up adding information to her tour. Instead of learning something on our trip, I was bored and disappointed by the experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The CDRS covers a lot of ground, with walkways for viewing the different tortoise breeding areas. It's certainly good to see all different ages and types of these special animals. But, we didn't see the inside of any buildings (and there are many) or hear from any researchers. Our naturalist guide was very knowledgeable, but it would have been more... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Toured the facility...worth the time. Saw the various species and learned about their natural habitats from the tour guide.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Personally, this was a check in box visit; as it was part of our tour itinerary. Otherwise, if you have limited time, this could be opted out. I did learn something here about how the baby giant tortoises are being cared for but not much else. If you wish to see giant tortoises and iguanas in the wild, you can... More

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