Officially inaugurated in 1964, the Charles Darwin reseach station was built for the purpose of studying, understanding and preserving species endemic to the Galapagos islands. Scientists and biologists – local and foreign – conduct researches combined with a breeding programme to ensure the future of animals and plants in the Galapagos. The area is also partly open to the public, where it is possible to gain information about the archipelago. At the same time it is also the home of world famous “Lonesome George” – known to be the last of a sub-species of the Galapagos giant tortoise native to the island of Pinta. The Charles Darwin research station is definitely worth a visit for anyone wanting to know more about the Galapagos islands.

For more info visit www.darwinfoundation.org