Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora

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#2 of 123 in Wildlife in Ecuador
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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  • Small place that performs an invaluable work of conservation of tortoises and other species. The information provided leads us to reflect on the fragility of nature.
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  • The research center contains two parts, turtle center and research center. It's obvious that you can see turtles here. The research center is nice for families with children. If you are interested in ...  more »
  • Lots of giant tortoises from the different islands. Very informative. Free entrance. Don't miss this.  more »
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  • We learned so much at the Charles Darwin Research Station. We went on a tour with our Galapagos National Park naturalist guide who gave us more insight to the displays and tortoise pens. The tortoises were arranged by age/size - small, medium, large and it's hard to say which ones were our favorite. It's a well-laid out and clean facility that included an informative museum and great store. We loved getting our passports stamped with the Charles Darwin Research Center logo too. This is a must see place in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Great place to see the giant tortoises and history of the Galapagos Islands. Admission is free.
  • You have to visit this place. Very interesting
  • Here we are in the entomology section of the Charles Darwin station very interesting and valuable entomology collection.
  • What an awesome tour of the Galapagos Islands in 2014. Great to see Charles Darwin research area and the massive tortoises.

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