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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
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Berkeley, California
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194 reviews 194 reviews
126 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The facility is a bit run down but you have to appreciate what they are trying to do here by re-populating the Galapagos with the giant turtles for which they are named. Alas Lonesome George (last of the Pinta island tortoises) died in 2012 but you can still see many giant turtles going about their business; more importantly, you get... More

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Belfast
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It was wonderful to see all the work going on the help save the Giant Tortoise. It is a pity Lonesome George is no longer with us but we met the new celeb Diego. Unlike George he is a super stud and his doing his part to save his species.

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New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I was very excited to visit this and was dry disappointed. There was no-one to talk to about the station, and half of the station was under contraction. Something like this should have programs educating the public on its values and purpose.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

When I travel I like to know as much as I can about the place, if you are interested in the history then you shouldnt miss this, if you just dont care and you want to swim and play with the sea lions... this isnt your place

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Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I have to say this was a big disappointment in my part. We visited this place around noon and it was a longer walk than what I expected. Literally we saw no people other than a small group with a guide and another security guard who did not say a word to us. Animals around the area are clearly visible... More

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Jackson, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Nice place to walk some trails, see some baby and giant tortoises. Its worth grabbing a taxi for $1 anywhere in town and walking around for a couple hours.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We went back a second time just to visit the beach and a third time taking another friend and showing her the discoveries we found.

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Little Britain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a great facility that is gathering, hatching, raising and releasing giant tortises in the Galapagos -

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Northern Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a very nice stroll through the research station as one of our first activities on the island. It was nicely laid out, very interesting and slow paced. Highlight probably was the tortoise nursery although there were good sightings of tortoises, land iguanas, birds and flora. Definitely worth a visit. There is also a small beach that many locals... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I'm a biologist so I expected a lot more from the Research Station... It kind of reminded me of a tiny zoo. It was interesting seeing the different ages of the tortoises, but aside from that, there wasn't a lot more... Funny that being in the Galapagos I never once heard about evolution or the selection of species (even at... More

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