Books about Ecuador – Books about Quito

Ecuador Guidebooks

Here are our hand-picked, best-of-the-best books about Ecuador. Our bookstore is linked up with so its easy and safe to order right online just in time for your trip.

Links: Galapagos BooksChildren’s books about Ecuador


Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Guidebooks

VIVA Travel Guides Ecuador

Provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of Ecuador´s most popular destinations and off the beaten path secrets. 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.

Ecuador: Climbing and Hiking Guide: VIVA Travel Guides

Updated and greatly improved by Mark Thurber, writer of’s Climbing and Hiking Section. This is a must have for the independent hiker, trekker or climber. Detailed routes and excellent maps (including color photos of climbs with the routes outlined) for most all of the great hikes, treks and climbs in the country. Good background information on packing, preparing, and natural history info. The above VIVA Ecuador book is a good choice to accompany this book with it’s wider range of general travel info like hotels, restaurants and other things to see beyond the mountains.
Get the Ebook, Kindle Edition, from


VIVA Travel Guides Quito, Ecuador

VIVA Travel Guides is the only major travel guide based in Latin America, and their home office is in Quito. So, for the inside scoop on what to see, where to stay and what to eat, this guide is second to none.

The guide also covers hot spots around Quito such as Papallacta, Cotopaxi, Mindo and other destinations that can be done as a day trip from the Ecuadorian capital.


VIVA Travel Guides Galapagos

This guide, written by Dr. Crit Minster, PhD. has become the leading guidebook to the Galapagos Island in a very short amount of time. Crit, who is a university professor in Quito, travels to the Galapagos several times a year, and his wife has been a head naturalist guide at one of the top cruise companies for nearly twenty years. Crit’s intimate knowledge of the Galapagos, combined with painstakingly up-to-date information, yield a must have guide.

Crit gives excellent advice on how to save thousands of dollars reserving your Galapagos Island tour. Learn when to go, what islands to go to, and what to see on each of the islands and National Park visitor spots.

Footprint Ecuador and the Galapagos Handbook 

(4th Ed., April, 2003) by Daisy Kunstaetter, Robert Kunstaetter
Ecuador specific version of the legendary South American Handbook that has earned a reputation with budget travelers over the years. Good, frequently updated emphatic information on travel destinations.

Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring: Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides (9th Ed., March 1, 2004) by Danny Palmerlee, Fiona Adams, Sandra Bao, Charlote Beech, Morgan Konn, Andrew Dean Nystrom . Another classic for trans continental travelers. Again, not as complete as the country specific Lonely Planet Ecuador and Galapagos.

Footprint South American Handbook 2005 (81st Ed., November 9, 2004) by Ben Box. A classic. The South American Handbook wrote the book on guide books. Updated annually and has all the basic information you need about all the best spots in South America. Coverage of Ecuador is not as complete as the country specific Footprint Ecuador Handbook: The Travel Guide

Let’s Go Ecuador 1st Edition: Including the Galapagos Islands (Let’s Go Ecuador)
(December 13, 2004)

Go to the next page to check out books on the travel to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos wildlife, Charles Darwin, and more…