Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora

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#2 of 259 in Wildlife in Ecuador
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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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  • Yes, there are large and small turtles but guide and tour disappointing. Understand ‘Rancho’ which I was unaware of is much much better. 
    Yes, there are large and small turtles but guide and tour disappointing. Understand ‘Rancho’ which I was unaware of is much much better.  more »
  • This is almost a must-do when you're in the area. The tortoises are of course amazing and well worth the $10 tour fee you pay to enter the facilities. The tour itself felt a little lengthy, and I... 
    This is almost a must-do when you're in the area. The tortoises are of course amazing and well worth the $10 tour fee you pay to enter the facilities. The tour itself felt a little lengthy, and I...  more »
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  • I loved visiting here! The tortoises were amazing and you could literally reach out and touch them, if you were allowed to! Great place to visit!
  • Decent place to see the tortoises and our tour guide was quite good. However, it is not clear when entering that a guide is required at all. First I entered to walk around the main area and there was a very rude man acting like it was obvious that you need a guide when there is no such indication and it appears optional. I'm not sure if they realize that just because you see guides hanging out that you don't expect them to be required.

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