Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora

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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. Put Charles Darwin Research Station on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary site .
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  • The researchers here do amazing work toward animal conservation and it was interesting to learn about their efforts and see the baby tortoises. I was not prepared to see the embalmed body of Lonesome ...  more »
  • Tour with the very interesting guide. Have a nice walk with your family. We can walk there from the city.
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  • Great visit to discover more about turtles as well as the Galapagos Islands and Darwin's research! Opportunity to have a personal guide for the tour for 10 dollars per person that is worth it! You can also access a beautiful beach where you can observe many marine iguanas!
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  • A ten minute walk along a nice path will get you to the visitor center, which describes the activities at the center and has a beautiful picture of Charles Darwin put together as a mosaic of different pictures of the Galapagos islands. The center also has a gift shop, restrooms, a mini collection of specimens, and a snack bar. There is also a small area for toddlers to play. If you have your passport, don't forget to get a stamp! You can also send a postcard via email. The rest of the station is like a mini zoo with some tortoises and iguanas, but if you're in the Galapagos anyway, it's better to see these in the wild.
  • Nice walking trail with informational stands, research buildings, station beach, and tortoise center access. Great for a free morning activity.
  • You walk about 10 minutes to the research station. There are things to see/learn along the path. At the station, you see tortoises of different ages and from different islands. You see Lonesome George too (in a climate-controlled room where nonflash photography is allowed). Well worth a visit if you want to learn and walk.
  • Came here in October 2017 but only had about an hour to see the entire place until it closed. My friends and I ran quickly around the indoor museum/visitors center and also the outside to see the tortoises. It is an old place so it almost looks like a nicer zoo, but I understand that they seem to be using their money to actually help the individuals lives that are present in the center and also in the wild. Bring your passport because they can give you a stamp!
  • Cool place to walk around but can get a little lost. You can see giant tortoises, marine iguanas and land iguanas. Everything is free which a great.
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