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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 5-252-6146
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Today
08:00 - 12:30
14:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 12:30
14:30 - 17:30
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research...

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 up-to-date displays in a modern setting. These turtles are to view if this is your only chance. If you visit elsewhere on island to see free-range tortoises then don't take... read more

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Brasilia, DF
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Get prepared to see giant turtles packed in small dusty corals... No explanation and not even a single naturalist available to talk with. Why keeping these turtles in captivity there when the national park could move them in some greener and more spacious environment?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very up-to-date displays in a modern setting. These turtles are to view if this is your only chance. If you visit elsewhere on island to see free-range tortoises then don't take the walk to see these (12?) that are penned in. Other exhibits are worth the trip.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is not far from town and I guess one "has" to go. We were very disappointed for several reasons: there is nobody around to provide any explanation, not even a map at the front door (there was actually nobody at the counter). Also, many areas are closed and others seem open and when you get there you learn they... More 

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's free, so if you're on Santa Cruz island you should probably see it, but you'll probably breeze through it in about an hour. I wasn't very impressed. In terms of live animals, they only have some giant tortoises in enclosures, kind of like at the zoo. They do have exhibits with information if you'd rather read about it there... More 

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Springfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is free. It's worth 90 minutes or so, nice exhibits. They have some breeding tortoises and some almost extinct iguanas, big ones too. I saw one that was yellow.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good introduction to the tortoise and hear about the challenges involved in keeping the islands from getting overrun by tourists.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would skip it. There is so much to do in Galapagos overall and Santa Cruz, that this attraction does not warrant a visit. There are very little exhibits and most of the activity is just walking around with nothing to see. There are some turtles, but you will get a chance to see them better at El Chato reserve.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Today we go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts research for Galapagos conservation, focusing in two major areas: 1. terrestrial conservation, the main issue is management of invasive species and how to restore the native biodiversity and ecosystems. 2,Marine Conservation.The challenge to marine conservation is overexploitation. Visitors learn about natural history, issues concerning the... More 

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Chester, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Guess we would have been remiss if we did not make the trip to the research station. We did this first and think that makes a lot of sense to get an idea of the history and the different animals one is likely to see during your stay. Guides were very knowledgeable.

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Charles Darwin research station was a letdown. It has seen better days. The attractions were worn as was the facility itself. It was a letdown compared to other tortoise Centers we saw on the Galapagos.

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