Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora
(3.4/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
Charles Darwin Research Station allows visitors to learn about natural history and wildlife conservation in the Galapagos. Conducting scientific research and providing environmental education since 1959, the center remains best known for its breeding program for giant tortoises. Visitors can view baby tortoises in incubators, which are raised here until age four and then released into the wild. Explanations in both English and Spanish shed a light on the center's projects and the global goals of conservation efforts. Make Charles Darwin Research Station a part of your Puerto Ayora vacation plans using our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder.
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  • Nothing hugely special, but definitely worth a visit when in Puerto Ayora. Great to see the tortoises and the indoor exhibition area is quite informative. 
  • Basically you get to see a few giant tortoises. you can see those on the side of the road or better at a reserve. Not much else there. take a highland tour instead to the tortoises up close 
  • in a controlled area, the scientists do reserach and work to preserve the tortoises, the walk around is easy and one can see tortoises and Iguanas , well worth the visit 
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  • Saw a darwin fitch! Many cool and interesting things to see.
  • Very informative tour and a nice complement to viewing tortoises in the highlands. Well worth the time if staying in the town of Puerto Ayora.
  • This is a good free activity about a 25 minute walk from central Puerto Ayora. There is information on Darwin's voyage, an area to see tortoises and access to a beach where there are dozen of iguanas and crabs. A nice place to spend a few hours.
  • Its a turtle zoo, they are held captive in horrible conditions, no water available, very dirty and smelly pens. When you ask about closed areas with chains and locks, they say they are working on the area, we saw no working areas at all! Ecuador doesnt deserve the Galapagos.
  • Worth a visit to understand more about the conservation efforts and a bit of history of the island plus see some wildlife! Closes for lunch for a few hours so go early morning or in the afternoon