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VIVA Travel Guide to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands By Katie Tibbets (Editor) VIVA Travel Guides: Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of Ecuador´s most popular destinations. Written by a team of travel writers who have lived and traveled throughout this fascinating country, the guide contains extensive coverage of the Galápagos Islands including reviews of over 80 Galápagos boats and more than 30 maps of the visitor sites and islands. The book details more restaurants and hotels in Quito than any other guidebook, plus our community of writers have found the top eco-lodges and tours for an unforgetable stay in the Amazon rainforest and tips on visiting the jungle.
Galapagos Travel Galapagos Islands (Non-Series Guidebooks) 
(4th edition, April, 2004) By: Barry Boyce
The Galapagos Islands: A Natural History Guide
(6th edition, July, 2004) By: Pierre Constant
Galapagos (Collins Safari Guides) 
(October 2, 2000) by Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter, David Hosking
The Galapagos Islands: The Essential Handbook for Exploring, Enjoying and Understanding Darwin’s Enchanted Islands (December, 2000) by Marylee Stephenson
Galapagos Wildlife (Pocket Traveller) 
(May 1, 2001) By: James Kavanagh
Marine Life of the Galapagos: A Diver’s Guide to the Fishes, Whales, Dolphins and Other Marine Invertebrates (Odyssey Guides) 
(October 1, 2002) By: Pierre Constant
An Identification Guide to the Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galpagos Islands 
(February 1, 2001) Author: Andy Swash
A Guide to the Birds of the Galapagos Islands 
Author: Isabel Castro, Antonia Phillips. The definitive avifauna guide. Essential for birders on the Islands.
The Galapagos Tortoise Expert’s Guide (special color ed.) 
Author: Richard C. Paull
Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos 
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach (Editor). Beautiful book! Excellent color photos, makes identification easy, a must for anyone planning on SCUBA diving or snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Galapagos Novels, History and Natural Sciences

Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galapagos Islands 
(November 1, 2003) By: Michael D’Orso
Galapagos : World’s End 
(May 1, 1988) By: William Beebe
Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire by Tui de Roy (October 1998) Long time Galapaganean and noted photographer and naturalist explores the Islands from the innards of volcanoes to the wildlife at the depths of the oceans. Again, this one is new and I haven’t read it yet, but it should be excellent going on the author’s reputation
Galapagos: A Natural History by Michael H. Jackson. The bible of Galapagos natural history. Recommended by most Galapagos tour companies as it extensively covers wildlife and geographic regions of the islands. I recommend it too.
The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches by Charles Darwin, Janet Browne, Michael Neve (Editor), Michael Neue (Editor) Needless to say a classic. From 1831 to 1836 Charles Darwin, then a young man in his twenties, was the official naturalist on the Royal Navy ship HMS Beagle. The Beagle spent five years completing a survey of the coasts of South America, most notably the Galapagos which weighed heavily in his development of the theory of natural selection. These are accounts from his voyage. He always wrote with an air of discovery and excitement. Its contageous.
The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Greg Suriano (Editor) Without a doubt “The Origins of Species” is one of the most seminal, controversial, and misunderstood books ever written. Charles Darwin is one of the giants of intellectual history, as much of his logic and theories have withstood the test of time. Many of his specific theories have been disproved, (see “Beak of the Finch” below) but it is still a monumental work that everyone should read.
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner. An in depth look into years of evolutionary studies by Princeton professors Peter and Rosemary Grant written an excellent scientific journalist. These people know their finches and their evolution. Gives a unique perspective to nature that goes way beyond Darwin. Great read for those interested in the basis of evolution – measured generation by generation, millimeter by millimeter – yet very accessible. Won the Pulitzer Prize! Also in paperback
Galapagos: A Terrestrial and Marine Phenomenon by Paul Humann.
Spectacular Galapagos: Exploring An Extraordinary World by Tui de Roy (October 1999) A pairing of spectacular photographs and insightful text by the award-winning author explores this unique island setting, a collection of animals and an environment unparalleled anywhere on earth.

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