Suggested Reading List
Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Author: Andy Swash, Robert Stills
Description: This strikingly compact, comprehensive field guide features 500 color photographs, distribution maps and information on status, habitat and behavior.
Ecuador, Galapagos Islands Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Society
Description: This double-sided, waterproof map covers Ecuador in splendid detail (1:750:00) and also includes a Galapagos map (1:1 million).
Author: Edward J. Larson
Description: A vivid history of the Galapagos and the role of the islands as a crucible of evolutionary ideas, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Along with Darwin, it covers the discovery of the islands, the visits of Hancock and Beebe, the influence of the United States during WWII and the establishment of the national park.
Flowering Plants of the Galapagos
Author: Conley McMullen, Ghillean Prance (Introduction)
Description: Indispensable for the botanically minded, this excellent guide features color photographs of 436 species, an overview of ecology and habitats, and a plant checklist for each visitor site.
Galapagos Islands Explorer Map
Author: Ocean Explorer Maps
Description: Not just handy for keeping track of your Galapagos cruise, this detailed map (1:400,000) of the islands includes illustrated biographies of famous visitors and a wildlife guide.
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: This fold-up, laminated card guide, with color drawings, will appeal to the whole family.
Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
Author: David Horwell, Pete Oxford
Description: With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago.
Galapagos, A Natural History
Author: Michael Jackson
Description: This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading, the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution.
Galapagos, A Novel
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Description: In this madcap classic Vonnegut looks back from a future where the human race has been wiped out - all except for a small group stranded in the Galapagos on the Nature Cruise of the Century.
Galapagos, Exploring Darwin's Tapestry
Author: John Hess
Description: Professor Hess pulls off the rare trick of being both scientifically accurate and inviting in this illustrated coffee-table primer on Galapagos, its geology, evolution and magnificent wildlife.
Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire
Author: Tui De Roy
Description: Author, naturalist, photographer and friend Tui de Roy's original stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the archipelago, out in a 10th anniversary edition.
Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World
Author: Paul D. Stewart (Director)
Description: Also available on Blue-Ray, this stunning three-part BBC documentary captures the rugged beauty, allure, wildlife and history of the archipelago like never before. We also carry the companion book to the BBC series (GPS78, $29.95).
Galapagos, World's End
Author: William Beebe
Description: This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.
Galapagos: The Enchanted Islands, Through Writer's Eyes
Author: John Hickman (Editor)
Description: John Hickman weaves original accounts by Galapagos whalers, gentleman pirates, fitful castaways, settlers and scientists, including Ambrose Crowley Herman Melville, Charles Darwin and William Beebe, in this these tales of the colorful human history of the archipelago.
Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos
Author: Insight Guides
Description: Presenting the natural history, politics, culture, wildlife and attractions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with style and authority. Contributors include Tui de Roy (Galapagos photography), Lynn Meisch (arts, crafts and customs) and Rob Rachoweicki (Oriente/Amazon).
The Beak of the Finch
Author: Jonathan Weiner
Description: This Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an accessible look at the modern debate on the mode and rhythm of evolution, using the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their field work on Daphne Major as an example.
The Boy on the Back of the Turtle
Author: Paul Quarrington
Description: Humorist, novelist and family man on a quest, Quarrington offers an entertaining account of a Galapagos voyage in the company of his seven-year-old daughter and seventy-year-old father.
The Panama Hat Trail
Author: Tom Miller
Description: An entertaining and insightful social history of Ecuador -- as told through its hat-making history. It's a classic example of travel writing, and one of the best things written on Ecuador.
Voyage of the Beagle
Author: Charles Darwin
Description: The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.
Wildlife of the Galapagos
Author: Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter, David Hosking (Photographer)
Description: A compact identification guide to Galapagos nature and wildlife, featuring 400 color photographs, an overview of the history, climate, evolution and geology of the islands, and helpful full-color visitor site maps.