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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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A milestone with still some to do

The name is of course attractive but lots of work are on going creating a sense of abandon. Do not expect to see lab, these in case they are forbidden to normal public

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

They have weird times, they close from 12:30-2:30 for some reason. The beach and marine area near the station is pretty cool to see the swimming iguanas. You can see some land tortoises and yellow iguanas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The name is of course attractive but lots of work are on going creating a sense of abandon. Do not expect to see lab, these in case they are forbidden to normal public

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Cartagena, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Charles Darwin Research Station is walking distance (maybe 20min) from the city center (travelers pier) of Puerto Ayora. The research done at this station is very informative and educational. Additionally, you get to see Diego the tortoise who came from San Diego Zoo to help with the close to extinction type of tortoise he belongs to! Worth a visit!

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Eckartsberga, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Research station gives you a good introduction to the Galapagos Islands. It shows you the history, animals, and plants. Great place to start your adventure.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the research station before a 6-day cruise of the islands. No doubt the station does incredible work but we found it a bit sad to see the captive animals in small spaces - a little like the horrible zoos of old. There was one lonely land iguana in a small concrete enclosure - a far cry from those... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has some interesting history on the Galapagos. You get to see some other cool things too like a whale's Skelton and some giant Tortoises. Entrance is free with your overall Galapagos entry fee.

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This a great place to visit and discover first hand all of the available information regarding Darwin's visit to the islands, the species that inhabit them and the efforts underway by this NGO to preserve and maintain this national park far into the future.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is a small museum and a walking path with giant tortoises, land iguanas, etc. It's interesting to also read about the real research happening here, from the water-conserving planters used around the Galapagos to the work being done to save the cactus finch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting this research station is rather obligatory if one comes to the Galapagos. Certainly their mission-to prevent extinction of rare species and reintroduce them into the wild-is a great one. However after having seen many iguanas giant tortoises and other animals in the wild, it is a bit sad to see them in captivity. Scientific displays are very good for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we visited for a couple of hours and then went back a second time to have another look. well worth the time to have a look around and see the animals and what they are doing there

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