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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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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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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charles Darwin Centre is on the eastern edge of Puerto Ayora's main thoroughfare and is well signposted. A lot of important work in marine and other animal conservation is undertaken here and you will see a range of different size Tortoises that are being...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A must-see facility with all stages of giant tortoise breeding. Lonesome George is also located there.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the walk through the park, to see all the turtles. And all kind of sizes of the turtles. Lonesome George is worth to look at, and here the story about him. And see the iguana eat. Bring your passport and you can...More

Thank Cathrine J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a few hours of your time but do check the opening hours of the exhibitions, you can see giant tortoises and view displays throughout the day but the exhibitions, and it would appear, the cafeteria, close for lunch

Thank W4lking
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The views in this place are amazing, like many places in Galapagos requires a lot of walking but is worth it, no need to hire anyone to take you there is a nice hime you can do alone, i mean you can do the research...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A trip to the Darwin centre is certainly a must whilst in the Galapagos , but it doesn’t live up to what I expected

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. I feel it was very helpful that we went with a guide who could tell us about the variety of plants and animals at the center. It's only a short, walkable, distance from the main...More

Thank lrltshw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful facility and a testament to the people of Ecuador who are committed to preserving the precious Galápagos! Over 75% of the staff are Ecuadorian. Much of what is done here is not visible to the public..... research, conservation, conferences, genetic studies, etc....More

Thank lobstaluva
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Take a wander along the waterfront and find yourself here. No tour guide required. We went to the massive tortoise enclosure first and it was really fun and exciting. Lots of info boards in English but not info overload. Just right. There is a sort...More

Thank Fi R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A visit to Santa Cruz must include this research station. It is located an easy walk from town. Once at the centre the station is broken up into different areas. You are able to do a guided tour through the area. My friends and I...More

Thank Hannah D
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September 5, 2017|
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Response from Curtis S | Reviewed this property |
No idea sorry. But if you do find it open explore every possible corner as things are tucked away. Particularly Diego and the taxidermed Lonesome George.
August 9, 2017|
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Response from Asummer7 | Reviewed this property |
We had a guide but realized that we probably didn't need one. There are enough displays with information that covered everything he said. The only thing the guide added was in identifying birds snd plants as we were walking... More
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Rhonda S | Reviewed this property |
It's free and in my opinion, the best place to start your visit to the Galapagos. We went the day we arrived in Puerto Ayora