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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Phone Number: 52526146
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators...

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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An interesting short, free tour.

A short walk from town, the station was mostly closed when I visited and the turtle breeding section was inaccessible. I did see iguanas in their breeding section. For me the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Montreal, Canada

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

See the Giant Tortoises and see the breeding area too. This center works to preserve and enhance the Galapagos Tortoises on the islands.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I arrived to Galapagos through Baltra airport and from there after a 1 hour ride and ferry arrived to Puerto Ayora, my 1st stop in Galapagos. Eager to see and learn first hand about Galapagos natural history I found Darwin Res. center filling up exactly this desire. The center exhibits and explains nicely the Galapagos story. Strolling in its trails... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As with all cruise ship tours, we were required to spend an afternoon at the Charles Darwin Research Station. It is not worth it! I realize they need the station to continue the protection of the Islands but to force us to spend time and money there is ridiculous. Not much to see or do and we could have been... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Save both your time and money by passing on this mediocre exhibit. Not much to see for a very long walk from the center of Santa Cruz

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A short walk from town, the station was mostly closed when I visited and the turtle breeding section was inaccessible. I did see iguanas in their breeding section. For me the highlight was access to the lava rock shoreline where amazingly well camouflaged charcoal grey marine iguanas were abundant as were colourful crabs at the water's edge. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Here we were able to see a few of the giant tortoises and land iguanas. There is not much to see for sure but worth the trip all the same while your on the island of Santa Cruz.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the breath taking Galapagos Islands! The Darwin Station is truly one to see. It is very informative and it gives you more insight to the exotic animals as well as a feel of what was started. It is both educational and one of my favorite places I went to during my vacation here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It appears there was (and will be) lots to do and see here, but currently it is mostly closed for renovations so all there is are a few animals and exhibits.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first attraction we went to visit right after we arrived in Galapagos. We were so excited we’ve landed that anything we saw was pretty much amazing so when we saw some giant tortoise from a distance for the first time, we were so happy! We also saw some baby tortoises and a few land iguanas. Other than... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as of Nov 2015, a large part of the center is closed for renovations. you can still see some iguanas and lizards, but overall pretty minimal. Also, this is a free attraction, so if you are part of a tour and they offer this as one of your activities, its not any great deal (although nice to have a guide... More 

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