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 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. Larson covers Darwin and 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.
Galapagos Bedtime Stories
Author: Paula Tagle Saad
Description: These delightful children's stories, organized by island, were inspired by Saad's many trips as an expedition leader. Each illustrated tale revolves around an animal or incident in the islands, including a newly hatched Waved Albatross, a sea lion pup and a nesting Flightless Cormorant.
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: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Galapagos.
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's narrator lives in a future where the human race has been wiped out -- all except for a small group who boarded the "nature cruise of the century" only to get stranded in the Galapagos.
Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire
Author: Tui De Roy
Description: A stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the Galapagos by a photographer who was raised in the archipelago. Tenth anniversary edition.
Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World
Author: Paul D. Stewart
Description: Stewart and co-authors, associated with the BBC natural history unit, present the natural and human history of the islands in this wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated book, the companion to the BBC series.
Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World
Author: Paul D. Stewart (Director)
Description: Also available on Blu-Ray, this stunning three-part BBC documentary captures the rugged beauty, allure, wildlife and history of the archipelago like never before.
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: 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 these tales of the colorful human history of the archipelago.
Inside the Beagle with Charles Darwin
Author: Fiona MacDonald
Description: MacDonald gives detailed accounts of daily life aboard the Beagle, animals and places encountered, as well as excellent illustrations and a balanced discussion of Darwin's ground-breaking scientific theories. Ages 8 and up.
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.
Satan Came to Eden
Author: Dore Strauch
Description: The original memoir of Dore Strauch, early settler to the Galapagos and participant in the fascinating unsolved mystery known as The Galapagos Affair, the subject of a new documentary. First published in 1936, it's back in print after 80 years.
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 70-year-old father.
The Galapagos, A Natural History
Author: Henry Nicholls
Description: Editor of the Galapagos Conservation Trust magazine and author of Lonesome George, Henry Nicholls charts the human and natural history of the archipelago from its fiery origins through famous visitors and current conservation challenges.
The History of Ecuador
Author: George Lauderbaugh
Description: this compact book includes chapters on Ecuador today, Ecuador's indigenous and colonial past, the oil boom and other events.
The True Adventures of Charley Darwin
Author: Carolyn Meyer
Description: Meyer turns the facts of Darwin's early life in Shrewsbury and his transformation aboard the Beagle into a novel for young adults.
Understanding Galapagos: What You'll See and What it Means
Author: Sehoya Cotner, Randy Moore
Description: An excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of the Galapagos and a stellar overview of evolutionary biography on the islands. Accessible for readers from all backgrounds.
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.