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. Make Charles Darwin Research Station a part of your Santa Cruz vacation plans using our Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder.
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  • The station is the gateway for those who arrived at the island Baltra, since Santa Cruz Island, you can enjoy almost welcome, this research station. Free of charge and following a trail, we have our first encounter with iguanas, turtles both small as large and even see the famous Lonesome george (which is in conservation after his death)
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  • It is a very interesting place, free admission. It advised to go in the morning, well, there are fewer people and less Sun. You can see the behavior of the turtles, as they are cared for and operation of the breeding Center. It's very interesting.
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  • A real privilege to visit Darwin Station. So interesting so see the conservation work being carried out by the rangers, especially in relation to the baby turtles. So many interesting displays detaili...  more »
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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