Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
The Charles Darwin Research Station (ECCD) with the "Charles Darwin" Exhibition Hall contributes substantially to the satisfaction of the visit to Santa Cruz Island in Puerto Ayora, which is seen as a complement to the circuit that the National Park Galápagos (GNPD) opened with "The Giant Tortoise Route" at its Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and the National Heritage of Ecuador exhibit, the Solitary George.
The opening hours of our Exhibition Hall are Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
The visit to the ECCD offers you the opportunity to:
Sit comfortably on the winged stand of the “Charles Darwin” Exhibit Hall and have a moment to talk or reflect on the history of conservation, science, scientific efforts, and how the turtle captive breeding program Giants in 1964, which after decades of effort, today and proudly is in charge of the Environmental Authority, the GNPD.
The “Charles Darwin” Exhibit Hall, built with local work, contributions of carpenters, carvers and Galapagos artists, offers information and attractions such as:
- The bones of a Tropical Whale that measures 13 meters and which show us the great diversity of marine life of the Reserve in Galapagos.
- Find out about our projects through information panels that give information about the science and conservation efforts carried out to obtain knowledge about the Galapagos Archipelago. Among these are: the importance of biological control research to prevent invasion of harmful species, the captive breeding of the Mangrove Finch, ecological restoration of plants, marine research, among others.
- The video projection room offers interesting audiovisual information about our work in the Galapagos Islands.
- Collections of different areas and projects where marine mammal bones, endemic and native invertebrate samples, plant samples, seeds and the interpretation of how scientific collections are maintained. In addition, specimens, coral samples, algae, and others can be observed under the microscope.
- A hand-painted marine mural and high-relief map of Galapagos offer a site with information on species and their geographic location, ocean currents and volcanology.
- Terrestrial turtle murals offer younger visitors the opportunity to take pictures together or inside a giant tortoise shell.
- The exhibition of photographs of animals and sites that visitors can not access or see in their stay, in our Gallery "Wonderful Galapagos". Here you will find photos of young Galapagos photographers, the Puerto Ayora Photography Club and world-renowned professional photographers.
- The mosaic of the young Charles Darwin who arrived in Galapagos aboard the Beagle.
- The small point of donations in the Hall promotes support for our science projects and support to capacity building through scholarships for Galapagos students for example. The Charles Darwin Science Station relies on 100% donations to generate science projects for the Galapagos.
- A point of information for visitors. Here we receive questions and we also help the naturalist guides with updated information about our projects.
- In addition, the Lounge offers a rest area on the outside with information panels and a cafeteria where the visitor can sit in the shade comfortably and enjoy a refreshment.
- The viewpoint overlooking Bahia Academia, located above the cafeteria, also has information panels on the history of Santa Cruz.
The outdoor tour of the facilities at Charles Darwin Station presents a tranquil atmosphere surrounded by native gardens where you can observe birds, reptiles and insects.
The public library of the ECCD has information about Galapagos and keeps its doors open to receive the community. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Between the two Fischer science buildings is the statue of Charles Darwin when he was 26, where visitors can sit in the shade and read the interesting information of the adjacent panels.
On the way to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, we have the "Casa de Sombra" of the Galapagos Green Project 2050 where information samples from the bi-institutional project are presented with the Management of the Galapagos National Park. Here visitors can learn, for example, about the recovery of cactus from the South Plaza Island, using Groasis technology that helps in ecological restoration. The Galapagos Green Project also works with other species of endemic plants.
We have a window that looks inside the laboratory of the invasive fly Philornis downsi where you can see directly the process not easy and interesting that our investigators realize with the invading fly.
Along the path to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, we have information panels and a small exhibition on our historical and current work with giant tortoises that is carried out in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute and the DPNG.
A visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station, where thousands of visitors are standing in front of your sign, offers you and the community a place to be distracted in tranquility and enjoy the information and nature that surrounds us.