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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Closes in 21 min: 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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

20 min walk from downtown Pt Ayora Its basically a turtle breeding center for the entire Galapagos and they also have dragon iguanas and lonesome George on display here Bring good shoes and water

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Tempusfugit2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

After seeing the giant tortoises at the reserve, wasn't quite as exciting see them behind fences. But you have to come and see Lonesome George and was nice to see the baby tortoises from the breeding program. Nice walk (bring a water bottle and wear...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank rwjillini
Reviewed 5 days ago

A walk from the bottom of the area however they have a shuttle for people who do not want to walk. It's uphill and certainly take your time! It is a must to see, so informative on turtles plus at the end (takes a good...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Min4647
Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay we had a quite but what an educational visit and what amazing things the people are doing there. If you cannot afford a cruise make certain you go here. You will see all the tortoise's from large to small.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank carolrogerwilkinson
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good, free activity. Lots of signs to inform you of the work. Opportunity to see different species of tortoise at different ages and learn about their reintroduction back into the wild.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an informative walk - you follow a path and there are various stations to read information. It is VERY hot! There is a shuttle that can take you on the route but we were not there at he right timing for it so...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ketchuprequired
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The layout is confusing and you don't learn a lot. We didn't use the shuttle and that probably would have been a good idea. People seemed to be wandering around without knowing where to go next. Not signed well enough.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank D0nlan40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit the Galapagos and are in Puerto Ayora you have to pay a visit to the research station to learn about the various efforts and incredible work that the station does to document, protect and promote the environmental education in support of the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank SolePortilla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Essentially, a zoo for a variety of large turtles that live on the Galapagos, with a special emphasis on explaining their nature and prevalence on the islands. Geared to very basic information. Good for kids.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RCStaab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to find out about Galapagos nature in quick easy bites. Beware only a few places on site to get drinks - not great for hot days.

Date of experience: March 2019
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eduardo a
March 30, 2019|
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Response from 103harvr | Reviewed this property |
I’d leave it until tomorrow when you have more time. Walk along the waterfront because it’s Saturday night and there will surely be something to see. The big pier has lights into the water so that’s a pretty good time after... More
February 20, 2019|
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Response from lobstaluva | Reviewed this property |
You do not need to book. We simply showed up. Definitely worth visiting. Enjoy!
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.