Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station information

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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).