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“Could Be So Much More”

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.
Reviewed April 25, 2014

For start it is worth a look. However it could be so much more. The gift shop is excellent, modern and professional but the rest of the centre needs to be bought up to this standard. It's a real opportunity to immerse visitors in the uniqueness of Galapagos and the plights of conservation. It 's in a great location, near the main town and a nice little beach. It needs more diversity of attractions and more information. Maybe some interactive displays and presentations.

You can't beat seeing these animals in the wild but some people may not be able to. Present them here in a better way so all visitors can marvel at the uniqueness of this fabulous place.

However again, it is still worth a look.

Thank Redaussie8
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"lonesome george"
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"land iguanas"
in 125 reviews
"baby tortoises"
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"conservation efforts"
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"breeding program"
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"eggs"
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"turtle breeding"
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"breeding center"
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"gift shop"
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"worth a visit"
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"flora and fauna"
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"different species"
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"on display"
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"galapagos islands"
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"small beach"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Didn't spend too much time here but worth a visit to see the young tortoises and examples of the big ones from each island. We were lucky to be visiting at feeding time and watch them "hurry" to get their lunch!

Thank LKRider
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

You can visit this place just by walking from Puerto Ayora, easy to reach.
The place is an initiative of the local government as part of a more comprehensive conservationist plan. If this is what you find interesting, it's a must go place where you'll be able to see the famous Galapagos giant turtles.
For me it was a little boring.

Thank Ricardo R
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Excellent paths, good signage, interesting people, and a nice beach facing the port. Walk the paths, observe the life, especially early in the morning.

Thank BJohnson44
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

The facility is a bit run down but you have to appreciate what they are trying to do here by re-populating the Galapagos with the giant turtles for which they are named. Alas Lonesome George (last of the Pinta island tortoises) died in 2012 but you can still see many giant turtles going about their business; more importantly, you get to see very young turtles and where they are raised. They were super cute and no bigger than a common box turtle one might see in North America. They have a few iguanas onsite as well.

If you are not going to have the chance to see turtles on a reserve elsewhere this is worth a visit, otherwise it’s a bit lower on the list but still worth seeing

Thank Retinol13
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