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Charles Darwin Research Station

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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average26%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was disappointed with this place, stuffed animals and crowded pens didn't do it's research capability and justice. After seeing so many animals roaming free elsewhere this was a let down.

Thank Drew M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Entrance is free but it is quite a long walk from town. Interact with the turtles and read the information boards. I found it fascinating but you need more than one visit to take everything in. Had heard so much bout Lonesome George and eventually...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even after visiting the other turtle centers on 2 other islands, I was impressed by the displays and information provided here. Entrance is free and if you come early (it opens at 6am, but we were there at 8am), you get the privilege of being...More

Thank Ian W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This centre raises the giant tortoises from egg to 22cms. With the introduced species of rats and other predators the giant tortoise eggs would not survive if this centre didn’t take them in and raise them until they are large enough to be returned to...More

Thank Eaglet64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free to visit but you can donate. Worth visiting more than once to take in all the info. Lovely to wander round and read the boards, watch the videos and of course see the turtles and iguanas. Go down to the beach but go to...More

Thank gazgazuk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is now called the Centro De Crianza Fausto Lierena. We went here with the nature guides from "the Letty" a Yacht operated by Ecoventura. They have tortoise corrals where you can get some close up views of these large magnificent creatures. This is...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The main task of this Research Centre is to restore & maintain all the different remaining species of giant tortoises on the Islands. So as you can imagine there are tortoises of all shapes & sizes everywhere. Even for a non- expert like me it...More

Thank zenonSydney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy walking with well defined walkpaths. Relatively small place with a lot of big things happening! You get to view the giant land tortoises at different maturity ranging from the very young to the giant adults.

Thank Ravesh L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to walk from the town centre, lots of activity and information available and the highlight to see Lonesome George in a special chamber

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you haven't already been to a turtle sanctuary this is a great stop to make. You can quickly learn about why this type of conservation is important and look at a large number of turtles.

Thank Cecilia R
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6 September 2017|
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Response from Curtis S | Reviewed this property |
No idea sorry. But if you do find it open explore every possible corner as things are tucked away. Particularly Diego and the taxidermed Lonesome George.
10 August 2017|
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Response from Asummer7 | Reviewed this property |
We had a guide but realized that we probably didn't need one. There are enough displays with information that covered everything he said. The only thing the guide added was in identifying birds snd plants as we were walking... More
16 May 2017|
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Response from Rhonda S | Reviewed this property |
It's free and in my opinion, the best place to start your visit to the Galapagos. We went the day we arrived in Puerto Ayora