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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number: 52526146
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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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Wife and I walked to this research station after we had breakfast in Santa Cruz. Its a relatively new attraction but was very interesting to walk through. Very modern design... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Make sure you have a guide to explain what they are doing there. Not as big as I thought it would be. The gift shop is worth a visit to buy tee shirts etc. to support the center.

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Panama City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A visit to the Foundation Headquarters is a must! I was able to visit the resting place for Lonesome George, they are building an exhibit for him. We met Diego, a giant tortoise that spent some time at the San Diego Zoo. The giant tortoises here have long necks, and a flat underside. You will learn about the breeding process... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth the short walk from town. You'll learn a bit about Darwin and the role of the center. A must see !

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed here for a month, spending time on the beaches photographing iguanas. This is not a hostel, but a place for students, professors, scientists and researchers. If you are visiting another island to do research, this is the starting place. The public visit every day, as there are exhibits and animals here. There are giant tortoises, Land Iguanas, and,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wife and I walked to this research station after we had breakfast in Santa Cruz. Its a relatively new attraction but was very interesting to walk through. Very modern design complete with a little snack bar for ice cream or a cold beer if its really hot. There are turtles, terrestrial iguanas, etc.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here you get a good look at the different populations of tortoise on the Galapagos. Great to see what they are doing and the lengths they are going to to protect and preserve this fragile environment. Great visitor centre with interesting exhibits. You have to check out Diego the tortoise.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must do on your visit. It's work it to see the tortugas and learn a bit more about how we got here. It's really interested and adds some education to the relaxing trip.

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Thank AdeleRiera
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth going to. Lots to learn (English and Spanish). Good turtle viewing, iguanas, and birds. Easy walk from town.

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Thank Jane O
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Informative visitor centre which is worth a look for free. However compared to el chato reserve there are very few giant tortoises and one land iguana that we saw. Areas seem to be undergoing renovations. Worth the trip if you have time though and you are looking for a cheap activity. The little beach (estacion) en route is a nice... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were lucky enough to get there at feeding time. we went without a guide but wish we had one. we heard some great facts about how old they are how they care for them. nice foliage, birds and butterflies too. we went into the "tower" and had a cold beer to see the whole area. breathtaking. we even went... More 

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