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Address: Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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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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The research center has amazing giant tortoises and a breeding center. We went with a guide who explained it all very well. The history and research are fascinating. Without... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The research center has amazing giant tortoises and a breeding center. We went with a guide who explained it all very well. The history and research are fascinating. Without a guide, this place would not be very interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Given its evocative name and location, it's difficult not to be disappointed in the research station. There is not much to see, frankly. While there are some giant tortoises, they are all penned in, which is far less rewarding than seeing them in more natural settings in other locations in the islands.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

After seeing the Giant Tortoises and Iguanas on some of the islands this is a great place to understand what is being done by Ecuador to protect these species. Loved, loved, loved the turtle nursery where the little ones are kept and get to hang out until they are big enough to go to other areas. Nice to see that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I went twice, once when it was closed on a sunday and walked around the open enclosures and it was nice, the land iguanas are beautiful. I went again during working hours and was ignored by the staff who were leading everyone else to each station, I guess when you are alone you are not worth their time. The baby... More 

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Mcdonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a beautiful facility on its own, but you will miss what the research station, and the Galapagos, is about if you stroll the grounds on your own. The right guide will make all the difference, and then it is definitely worth the time and visit. I was fortunate to have Mario as my guide and he was beyond... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a great place to start your trip to Galapagos. There is a lot of useful information, and you get to see baby giant turtles. There are adult turtles and lots of iguanas, as well. It's an way walk from downtown, which gives you a chance to explore all the shops along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Yes the tortoises and iguanas are cool on their own... but the signs don't say much and there isn't much around. But if you take a guided tour you get to learn so much more! It really makes the experience. Go on a week day when there are researchers around, it's more fun. It's dull on weekends. Best place to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a good place to see Galapagos wildlife, particularily tortoises and land iguanas. The station is an active breeding program with the idea to reintroduce the juvenile tortoises to their proper island to help increase their presence since most are nearly extinct in the wild. If you do not have a guide it is very difficult to know what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is the only place we got to see the Giant Tortoises; there were some 110 years old as well as those only a few months or years. Our knowledgeable guide gave us lots of history and info. We also saw land iguanas and several species of birds in the wild. Disappointed we weren't in setting to walk among the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Good opportunity to see tortoises from outlying islands. Did not go with a guide so sometimes was unsure where the particular tortoises were from.

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