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Charles Darwin Research Station

#5 of 28 things to do in Puerto Ayora Features Animals
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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  • Average27%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
+593 5-252-6146

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We felt fortunate to have Nature Galapagos help us arrange our accommodations and activities for our 8 day land based tour of the Galapagos. In Puerto Ayora, we walked from our lovely Hotel Fernandina to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Seeing the giant land tortoises...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting displays and information about the Galapagos flora and fauna.Lots of baby Giant Tortoises to see as well as adults of several species.Could easily spend half a day here.

Thank stephencS999FC
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place to visit and learn about the giant tortoise and, in general, the fauna and flora of the Galapagos. For those who are interested, scientific information is available at the Research Station but it is presented in a format that is understandable. We...More

Thank wcanada2017
Reviewed 5 days ago

I clearly state that a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station should be the first activity to do on the Galapagos islands. The explanations given are self-explaining and give you a compact, but yet very informative overview on the history of the islands. They...More

Thank Bernhard L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a decent walk from the entrance... recommend riding a bike there. Few turtles to see , unlike El Chato. Educational experience!

Thank Pat L
Reviewed 1 week ago

You get some interesting facts on Galapagos fauna. One ca see how they breed turtles to save the population.

Thank Witold S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Research Station is very well laid out with plenty of accessible information and plenty of space to view the tortoises and iguanas.

Thank pete t
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can spend an hour or two wandering among the animals and looking at the exhibits. The gift shop has some interesting items that are not found at most of the other stores in Puerto Ayora. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more...More

Thank Ingrid C
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's so much to see here. There's wildlife to visit, history to discover, the museum is wonderful, and Lonesome George is here. We visited three times. Bring your passport to get a stamp, and make sure you like their Facebook page.

Thank BCOhi0
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure how to rate, describe... There were several spots that were under construction, which is definitely understandable. After you hear about it for so long, I expected something huge but the exhibits were smaller then expected, and fewer animals that I thought. Just not...More

Thank Lucy E
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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
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16 April 2016|
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Response from POTCLover | Reviewed this property |
I actually do not remember when they started closing down areas for the renovation (it was told to us when you group REACHED Galapagos so that we could make a decision then whether or not we wanted to take that part of the... More