Voyage of the Beagle
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 is still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.
Galapagos, A Natural History
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 Islands Map
This full-color map of the Galapagos at a scale of 1:420,000, printed on water and tear-resistant paper, shows in detail major features, topography and visitor sites. With a large city plan of Quito on the reverse.
Moon Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
Ecuador-based English travel expert Ben Westwood writes with insight in this guide to the pleasures and practicalities of visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos.
Galapagos, World’s End
This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.
Henri Michaux, Robin Magowan (Translator)
Ecuador, a Travel Journal
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.
Tui De Roy
Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire
A stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the Galapagos by a photographer who was raised in the archipelago. Tenth anniversary edition.
Edward J. Larson
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.
The Beak of the Finch
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 ground-breaking field work on Daphne Major as an example.
Paul D. Stewart (Director)
Galapagos, the Islands That Changed the World
Also available on Blu-Ray, this stunning BBC documentary captures the rugged beauty, allure, wildlife and history of the archipelago like never before. 150 minutes.
The Galapagos, a Natural History
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.
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Galapagos.
Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter, David Hosking (Photographer)
Wildlife of the Galapagos
A compact identification guide to Galapagos nature and wildlife, featuring over 650 color photographs, an overview of the history, climate, evolution and geology of the islands, and helpful full- color visitor site maps.
Stephan Kuffner and Sarah Humphreys
The Rough Guide to Ecuador
This popular guide book series offers a comprehensive guide to Ecuador, including information on the country’s flora, fauna, indigenous communities, natural wonders, thriving cities, and small towns.
The Donkey Inside
The author of the Madeleine series of children’s books took several trips to South America in the 1930s, and blends them here into a seamless portrait of the jungles, politics, and peoples of WWII-era Ecuador.
Love in a Warm Climate
In this series of short stories, the author chronicles her time in Ecuador in the 1980s. The intriguing and vibrant culture and characters of Ecuador make the emotions – loss, mourning, love, adventure, redemption – jump off the page.
Floreana: A Woman’s Pilgrimage to the Galapagos
In this German author’s autobiography, she recounts her one-way trip to the small Galapagos island of Floreana, where she made a new life with her husband and stepson. At turns humorous and high-stakes, this book is a love letter to the islands she called home.
Susan E. Benner (editor), Kathy S. Leonard (editor), Marjorie Agosin (foreword)
Fire From the Andes: Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru
This late-’90s collection of shorter works has been translated from its native Spanish, giving English-speakers a glimpse into the world of South America.