Charles Darwin Research Station
Run by two of the most experienced divers in the Galápagos.
Among the various statues of prominent Galapagos wildlife around Puerto Ayora, this is probably the most photographed of them all.
Run by a family of Galápagos experts and guides, who can arrange camping at their private highlands ranch, plus boat- and hotel-based...
At the northern end of town, this wildly decorated outdoor lounge features trickling fountains, fairy lights, and recessed alcoves with...
The big draw here is sitting on the back waterside deck where sea lions have free rein. The sushi and Japanese dishes are decent, but...
Charles Darwin Research Station information
Just northeast of town is this iconic national park site, where more than 200 scientists and volunteers are involved with research and conservation efforts, the most well-known of which involves a captive breeding program for giant tortoises. Paths leading through arid-zone vegetation take you past tortoise enclosures, where you can get a good look at these Galápagos giants. There's also a baby-tortoise house with incubators (when the tortoises weigh about 1.5kg or are about four years old, they’re repatriated to their home islands).
Other attractions include a small enclosure containing several land iguanas , with explanations in Spanish and English concerning efforts to restore their populations on islands where they’ve been pushed to the brink of extinction. The research station is supported by contributions to the Galápagos Conservancy (www.galapagos.org).