Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.4/5 based on 1,800+ 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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  • We did the long hot walk to CD Research Station from town. The research center has several exhibits including iguanas and land tortoises, some indoor exhibits, and a simple snack bar. Our visit lasted...  read more »
  • Our guide was capable of making a danger call which brought numerous birds to see just what the danger was. However, if you lack such a skill you merely need to scan the branches and you will find the...  read more »
  • Excellent institution, which supports the maintenance of fauna and flora of Galapagos, in addition to a beautiful ride with very interesting exhibits. To enjoy family and learn about the history of the Islands. And good giftshop!
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  • 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
  • Nice place to visit. Not too much to see, but worth checking out if you have some free time. The saddleback turtles and land iguanas are there if you haven't caught them on your trip yet.
  • While touring this place I personally heard the sound of giant tortoises "producing more tortoises. " It sounds like old people rubbing leather armchairs together. It is nature! They are doing important conservation work! A magical experience ;) 10/10. They have a lot of other reptiles on display, the little baby tortoises in boxes, and a lot of fascinating information. You can see the home of the late Lonesome George, and the whole place is very nice to walk around.
  • It's a new and interesting experience for those who haven't been there before. You can see so many cool new animals and get information about them. There are tortoises, iguanas and more.
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