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“Top of the bucket list for good reason.”

Charles Darwin Research Station
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Owner description: 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.
Lafayette, Indiana
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22 reviews
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“Top of the bucket list for good reason.”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Went with a group on the "Galapagos Explorer" cruise (HIGHLY recommended!) This research station is located on the island of Puerto Ayora, Ecuador. We got to see Lonesome George a year before he died, which is now a bittersweet memory. Trips here are monitored closely by the government in Ecuador, and your subsequent visits are limited due to the fragile ecosystem. We went in December, which is Summer there. Snorkeling and diving with sea turtles, sharks and sea lions are opportunities not to be missed. The water is clear, and the marine iguanas are everywhere. Friggate birds in the air, and orange land iguanas. Baby seals everywhere you step. It doesn't get any better for an animal lover! There is a ton of souvenir shopping and several good restaurants on the island within minutes walk from the station.

Visited December 2012
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Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada
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“Tons of tortoises!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Really nice visit and there are many tortoises throughout. You can see the baby tortoises and the different species. There are also some land iguanas. Tons of cacti and can get very hot.

Visited May 2013
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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“Amimals in a zoo like setting”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Okay for the price. (free). Like the Galapagos in general, I found this place a bit overrated. a trip to the highlands to see the tortoises in a more natural setting would be better. Generally the trip to the Galapagos Islands was expensive for what is there compared to other places in the world.

Visited June 2013
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Prairie Village, Kansas
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“There are better places to see turtles...”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

If you aren't going anywhere else in the Galapagos to see the tortoises, then go here. But there are better places to go. Look for somewhere that the tortoises are loose so you don't feel like you just went to a cheap zoo.

Visited June 2013
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Westfield, Indiana
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“Very relaxing and enjoyable.”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

We got some very up-close shots of a number of tortoises and really enjoyed our time. We also got to see a very large number of the various babies being bred, all numbered and tracked. :-)

Of course, the only disappointment was that we didn't make it to the Galápagos Islands before Lonesome George passed away last June (2012). We did see his "quarters", which remain empty now, and the Station has put up a very nice memorial plaque.

Visited May 2013
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