Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora

3.6
#2 of 192 in Wildlife in Ecuador
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. Put Charles Darwin Research Station on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary site .
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  • Small place that performs an invaluable work of conservation of tortoises and other species. The information provided leads us to reflect on the fragility of nature.
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  • The research center contains two parts, turtle center and research center. It's obvious that you can see turtles here. The research center is nice for families with children. If you are interested in ...  more »
  • Lots of giant tortoises from the different islands. Very informative. Free entrance. Don't miss this.  more »
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  • Came here in October 2017 but only had about an hour to see the entire place until it closed. My friends and I ran quickly around the indoor museum/visitors center and also the outside to see the tortoises. It is an old place so it almost looks like a nicer zoo, but I understand that they seem to be using their money to actually help the individuals lives that are present in the center and also in the wild. Bring your passport because they can give you a stamp!
  • A must see in Galapagos, you will learn a lot about the history of the islands and it's flora and fauna. You will get to know the effort and hard work it takes to preserve the islands and it's world famous inhabitants the giant turtles! Fun and educational
  • We learned so much at the Charles Darwin Research Station. We went on a tour with our Galapagos National Park naturalist guide who gave us more insight to the displays and tortoise pens. The tortoises were arranged by age/size - small, medium, large and it's hard to say which ones were our favorite. It's a well-laid out and clean facility that included an informative museum and great store. We loved getting our passports stamped with the Charles Darwin Research Center logo too. This is a must see place in the Galapagos Islands.
  • We visited as part of the shore excursion from our ship, so interpretation was not a problem. The enclosures looked clean and adequate. The larger turtles are kept for breeding stock. They have been very successful in reintroducing tortoises tio the wild.
  • Amazing place! You must visit it... And stay almost a half day.
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