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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 5-252-6146
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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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Enjoyed the history and science of the work done by scientists from around the world. We arrived late in the day and quite tired, but the displays inside were perfect. Hiking the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The visitor center is interesting, but the outer lying areas were under construction and many exhibits were closed. Fun to learn about turtle hatching work,

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tortuga population is limited, though they are really giant. While I understand the mission of the place it is disappointing to see them and the single land iguana behind fences. It is just like a zoo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the history and science of the work done by scientists from around the world. We arrived late in the day and quite tired, but the displays inside were perfect. Hiking the path uphill in the Research Station was not as pleasant after a couple of hikes already that day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don'y get me wrong this place does some amazing work & it looks like they are trying to modernise the place but where they keep the animals is a bit stark & reminds me of the original zoo pens. Not sure if they have a guide book or audio guides we had a guide from the ship who showed us... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an easy walk from town and worth it to see the huge turtles. The displays in the main building are attractive and informative.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charles Darwin Research Station is a useful place to get more information about the Galapagos Islands and its biodiversity. Do not miss the opportunity to take a grasp of Galapagos underwater biodiversity at "Biomar" by snorkeling around the station beach, there are two short beaches to get around and sun tanning

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we were visiting the Galapagos this site was still under some new construction and those areas were not open to the public yet. Our guide pointed out many plants and animals that are only found on the islands. The best part was seeing 3 different types of giant tortoises. They are original to different islands and have features specific... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing hugely special, but definitely worth a visit when in Puerto Ayora. Great to see the tortoises and the indoor exhibition area is quite informative.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basically you get to see a few giant tortoises. you can see those on the side of the road or better at a reserve. Not much else there. take a highland tour instead to the tortoises up close

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

in a controlled area, the scientists do reserach and work to preserve the tortoises, the walk around is easy and one can see tortoises and Iguanas , well worth the visit

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