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Meet Giant Tortoises at the Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Station & Giant Tortoise Breeding centre Walk by the Charles Darwin Station, the first research facility on the Galapagos to track ecosystems and the species population.

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From Galapagos Islands
Online Experience
45 min
Upto 10 people
  • Real-time experience streamed live from Charles Darwin Research Station & Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
  • See the saddleback and dome-shaped tortoises unique to the Galapagos
  • Learn about the rearing program being carried out to protect these endangered species

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre with me, a naturalist guide on this Online Experience. 

We will start with a walk by the station, the first research facility on the Galapagos, to track ecosystems and the species' population. Then at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, we will learn about the National Park Rearing Program, which has been initiated to reintroduce populations of endangered tortoises in the wild. Here, you will see saddle-backed and domed-shaped tortoises and meet with babies, juveniles, and fully mature adults before they are released back into their natural surroundings. Throughout the tour, I will also provide some extremely interesting trivia about the tortoises, such as how many eggs they lay, how old they are, how heavy they get, and what role the temperature plays in determining their sex.

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking and travelling to different places; sometimes, the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimise such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 50 USD for a group of 3 screens or as a private tour for 100 USD and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Andres Cadena

I live on the Galapagos Island - Santa Cruz. I have been working in conservation and tourism for the last 20 years, exploring different regions of Ecuador and the Galapagos.

15 years ago, I settled on the island and went for a special wildlife training. I became a certified Naturalist Guide, learning all the pre-requisite skills for connecting travellers interests with this place I call home. 

Guiding tours has given me the chance to continuously explore the islands, observe changes in ecosystems, indulge in animal interactions, and experience up close some of my favourite animal species - Galapagos Giant Tortoises. 

Tour Reviews
  • Nicole Boone

    Andres was a wonderful guide. He was so knowledgeable! We knew that a tour of Galapagos would be challenging from a wifi perspective. Andres was patient and kept the tour going even when we stalled. It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I hope to be able to take this tour in person some day.

From USD 50 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.