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Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 1: Identification, Distribution and taxonomy
by Robin Restall, Miguel Lentino
The hefty companion volume, with detailed species accounts, covers 2,308 species of birds found from Ecuador to French Guiana.
Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
by Dan Koeppel
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America.
Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide
by Paul Greenfield, Robert Ridgely
A comprehensive, gorgeous and exhaustively researched field guide to the birds of Ecuador (and adjacent countries), featuring 96 color plates. It's also the best bird guide for travelers in the Peruvian Amazon.
by Jason Wilson
Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions.
Culture Smart! Ecuador
by Russell Maddicks
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
The Birds of Ecuador, Vol. I and II
by Robert Ridgely, Paul Greenfield
Two-volume set with slipcase.
Volcanoes, Fire from the Earth
by Maurice Krafft
By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.
Ecuador Reader, History, Culture, Politics
by Carlos De La Torre (Editor), Steve Striffler (Editor)
A portrait of a nation. This lively sourcebook gathers selections from long out-of-print travel accounts, articles, interviews, poems, literary excerpts (and even a recipe) to document the vitality and diversity of modern Ecuador.
Birds of Northern South America, Vol. 2: Field Guide
by Robin Restall, Clemencia Rodner, Roger Williams
This comprehensive field guide, featuring an astounding 6400 paintings and 2308 maps, covers all the birds from Ecuador to Guiana.
Through the Eyes of the Condor, An Aerial Vision of Latin America
by Robert B. Haas
This collection of stunning, oversized photographs, taken from above, shows the jungles and favellas, the reefs and ruins, wildlife and diverse landscapes of Latin America.
Portrait of a Nation, Culture and Progress in Ecuador
by Osvaldo Hurtado
President of Ecuador from 1981 to 1984, Hurtado writes of cultural values and obstacles to change. A main one, he writes, is that beliefs and cultural attitudes in the country impede economic success.
by Michael Reid
Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization.
Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals
by Andrea Heckman
This illustrated survey focuses on Quechua textiles, traditions, designs and daily life in the Andes, specifically in the high country surrounding Ausangate, 85 miles southeast of Cuzco.
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A laminated map of Ecuador at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with detailed insets of Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Amazon on the reverse.
Ecuador, A Travel Journal
by Henri Michaux, Robin Magowan (Translator)
A brief, querulous and entirely wonderful narrative of the modernist painter Michaux's travels with the poet Gangotena, strong on color and personality. Its many pleasures include an unbeatable description of Quito's accursed mountain weather.
Fire from the Andes, Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru
by Susan E. Benner (Editor)
Mostly personal, many of the contemporary stories revolve around peasants, the urban poor and other marginalized members of the Andes society.
Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet Publications
A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary.
by Moritz Thomsen
Moritz's heartfelt account of his small triumphs and tragedies as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village on the Ecuadorian coast is a classic.
The History of Ecuador
by George Lauderbaugh
this compact book includes chapters on Ecuador today, Ecuador's indigenous and colonial past, the oil boom and other events.
Rough Guide Ecuador
by Harry Ades, Melissa Graham
A compact comprehensive guide to travel in Ecuador, including Quito, the Oriente and Galapagos with extensive listings, dozens of sketch maps, and a brief overview of culture, nature and history.