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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora, 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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Good starting point.

Charles Darwin centre is a good starting point as it gives a background to the work being done to preserve and educate people about a diverse group of animals. You must see the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Maleny, Australia

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Didnt like the ideas that animals were in captive but definitely an interesting place, it was a leisurely walk from our hotel.

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Orange Park, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Of course, we had to go here. I was expecting more. There are tortoises and iguanas, but no explanation. The station itself seems rundown and hodge podge. The visitors center was closed for renovation while we were there, so this may change when it is open. The good news is that this is free.

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Maleny, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Charles Darwin centre is a good starting point as it gives a background to the work being done to preserve and educate people about a diverse group of animals. You must see the animals in the wild so as to really appreciate them.

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Houston, Texas
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122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 421 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Since there is only some basic written information by the tortoise enclosures, definitely go with a guide who can explain the different areas of research, the evolution of the tortoises, which islands they come from, and their different physical characteristics. With a guide, it's very informative, and the only way to see so many kinds of Galapagos tortoises because certain... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is under construction. No proper signs, looks very messy. Not very tourist/visitor friendly. Animals are kept in zoo like conditions. People just work here and do research, there's nothing to see here for visitors at the moment. They might have new facilities after construction work.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our 7-day trip on a catamaran began at the Charles Darwin Research Center. Although the animals here aren't as amazing as what people will see in the wild, it is a good transition from the "real world" to the magical one of the Galapagos!

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Ceres, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much to see except some different colored iguanas and some tortoise. It will be better when they open the exhibit. Mildly interesting but only about fifteen minutes of time needed to see it all. Their is a little beach before you get there you can snorkel at.

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Millerstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to start your tour of the islands. It's free! Lots of variety in the zoo, shops, a free beach and a good place to glean local expert knowledge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was there for a walk and is not well explained what you can expect over there. Turtles mainly there and different types of trees and plants. If you have time and interested for a walk of 20 min is it ok.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Research station on a Wednesday morning as part of our itinerary from Finch Bay Hotel. It was a beautiful day and the research station was definitely in full swing. There was a lot of construction going on because they are moving Lonesome George back to the island!! Many of the interactive areas were empty but we... More 

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