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Charles Darwin Research Station - Santa Cruz

Galapagos Islands


The Charles Darwin Research Station is located on Santa Cruz Island, on the shores of Academy Bay in Puerto Ayora. It is a research station that was opened in 1959, and its main purpose is that of preserving the land and marine ecosystems in Galapagos. It was named in honor of Charles Darwin, who visited the island in 1853 and who made them famous by using Galapagos finches in order to illustrate his Theory of Evolution. There are native gardens, an exhibition hall and a public library that are open for public visitation.

Difficulty: Easy

Disembarkation: Dry Landing

Interactions: Walking

Highlights at Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Giant Tortoises


Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Land Iguana, Galapagos Lava Lizard, Galapagos Mockingbird