Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora

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#2 of 124 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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  • One of the tours that you don't get wet. The place is pretty big and has a beach if you want to go in, but she is really small. The Centre has several turtles and if you do a cruise will probably have a passed by here on one of the tours the cruise.
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  • The Charles Darwin station is about 20 minutes walk from the fisherman's Cove. The road is nice, should be on foot since cars are not allowed. It is a free attraction, with specialized guides. You can see different species large and small turtles. There are some stops where you teach about conservation of endemic species and the threats to them. There are iguanas. You can see the Lonesome George embalmed in a heated room cooler for better conservation. At the end of the tour, there is a Museum and a gift shop. It is interesting to know how they work and about the nature of Galapagos.
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  • Interesting place to visit, is about 15 minutes walking from the port, and will visit the Museum and giant turtles, you can see nice ride if it is combined with a visit to the beach which is nearby and you used to cool off in on hot days!
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  • 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.
  • Very interesting and informative. You have the opportunity to learn about the fauna of the Galapagos. As well as seeing a variety of large Galapagos tortoise.
  • They don't post their hours anywhere - which are 830-1230 and 230-539 - so everything was closed when we got here. All the buildings are offices only and there's nothing to see. We walked around for an hour and didn't see much. Maybe it's better when the offices are open but very disappointed.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Puerto Ayora

As a popular jumping-off point for Galapagos visitors, Puerto Ayora receives loads of tourists, and therefore features many of the accommodation options you might expect from a major destination. Though there are types of lodging to suit all kinds of budgets, prices in general tend to be higher in Puerto Ayora than in mainland Ecuador. The more upscale hotels catering to wealthier visitors lie along the waterfront in the vicinity of Avenida Charles Darwin, and offer excellent access to the sea, port, and restaurant scene. Consider renting out a private apartment room or staying in a smaller-scale hotel a few blocks back from the ocean in order to cut down on costs, as the city itself is easily walkable.
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