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“Worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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.
New York
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Wonderful turtle collection and interesting breeding ground. The Center is doing some important work on the Galagapos.

Visited June 2013
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“Good place to start your visit to the Galapagos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

As part of a tour we had only a few hours here, but our guide explained the exhibits, which is good because a pen full of tortoises is just that if you don't know why they are in that pen. You can read about it before you go, but seeing it and putting two and two together makes a greater impression on you. Also, since this is a town, there is a beautiful cemetery, shops, and near the dock, people processing fish while various birds swoop in hoping to nag a treat and seals barking for a bite. In the evening, fluorescent crabs glow in the dark. The town offers many opportunities to buy souvenirs, none of the other islands we visited (hiking purposes only) did, so you might want to get postcards, etc here.

Visited March 2013
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Bothwell, United Kingdom
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“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

the place is a mess, waist of time. I was very disappointed all exhibits and building were closed . the only exhibit was the outdoor turtle exhibit was meesy

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Better places to see the tortoises”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I was slightly disappointed by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Having already visited the tortoise breeding centre on Isabela Island and seeing many iguanas, there didn't really seem to be much more to see at the station with most areas being restricted to offices. Not far from town though so worth the short walk if you have time.

Visited June 2013
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Lafayette, Indiana
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“Top of the bucket list for good reason.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Went with a group on the "Galapagos Explorer" cruise (HIGHLY recommended!) This research station is located on the island of Puerto Ayora, Ecuador. We got to see Lonesome George a year before he died, which is now a bittersweet memory. Trips here are monitored closely by the government in Ecuador, and your subsequent visits are limited due to the fragile ecosystem. We went in December, which is Summer there. Snorkeling and diving with sea turtles, sharks and sea lions are opportunities not to be missed. The water is clear, and the marine iguanas are everywhere. Friggate birds in the air, and orange land iguanas. Baby seals everywhere you step. It doesn't get any better for an animal lover! There is a ton of souvenir shopping and several good restaurants on the island within minutes walk from the station.

Visited December 2012
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