Galapagos Pro Recommends: Fausto Llerena Breeding Station

Tour/Activity in Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Visit the tortoise breeding center Fausto Llerena. Here you can see the Lonsome George in his mausoleum.

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Visit the tortoise breeding station Fausto Llerena

Galapagos PRO recommendation: This trip should not be missed in your Galapagos experience. Groups of 5 or more require the accompaniment of a nature guide when visiting the National Park.

A short walk along the promenade of Puerto Ayora will bring you to the breeding station Fausto Llerena, at the Charles Darwin station.

Since March 2017, the Fauto Llerena hatchery is home to the embalmed tortiose Lonesome George, who became the symbol of the Galapagos Islands. Lonesome George was the last surviving member of the Pinta Island Tortoise species. On the "Ruta de las Tortugas" you will learn about the history of tortoises in Galapagos and then visit the breeding station - from the incubator to the great dams of various islands. There is also a garden with examples of species conservation.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 08:00 - 12:30 am, 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Wildlife & Nature
History & Architecture