Galápagos Reading List

These resources are suggested to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the history, unique culture, wilderness, and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands and colonial Quito:

Guidebooks

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: An Identification Guide - Andy Swash
A great in-the-field resource for quick access to information, with large photos and thorough descriptions. This guide is a good companion to more in-depth (and less portable) guides.

Galápagos Diary: A Complete Guide to the Archipelago’s Birdlife - Hermann Heinzel and Barnaby Hall
Filled with graphics by a renowned illustrator and an accomplished photographer. With detailed information about birds and other animal species, this book also contains a checklist so travelers can record what they see.

Wildlife of the Galápagos - Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter and David Hosking
Color photos and information on over 200 plants, birds, reptiles, mammals, and sea life, are complimented by maps, drawings and details on the archipelago’s history.


Galápagos Islands Explorer Map - Ocean Explorer Maps
A great companion, this simple folded map includes information about the islands, biographies of explorers and influential visitors of the past, photos and descriptions of endemic wildlife, and other facts, features, and details about the archipelago.

Galápagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide - David Horwell and Pete Oxford
Written by Galápagos naturalists including photos of the islands’ unique inhabitants, details about each marine, land, and sky creature, from endemic penguins to brightly colored blue-footed boobies.

The Galápagos Islands: A Natural History Guide, Sixth Edition - Pierre Constant
Filled with photos and meticulous descriptions of plants and animals, this in-depth guide is filled with intriguing scientific and historical information. An English and Spanish glossary is invaluable.


Non-fiction

The Galápagos Affair - John Treherne
This intriguing and gripping mystery tells the true story of a small group of settlers on Floreana Island in the 20s and 30s hoping to build an idyllic “Garden of Eden” community. A mysterious murder is unraveled through the retelling of bizarre and peculiar events.

My Father's Island, A Galápagos Quest - Johanna Angermeyer
An adventurous true story, yearning to learn more about her father, Angermeyer travels to the islands, the place he escaped to as a refugee from Hitler and where he and her mother lived before his death.

Natural History & Evolution

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time - Jonathan Weiner
Find out how the theory of evolution evolved since Darwin's first visit, what current researchers are discovering, and how the islands are impacting new evolutionary research.

Evolutions Workshop; God and Science on the Galápagos Islands - Edward J Larson
Chronicling human discoveries and impacts from the first explorers and pirates, to Darwin and scientists, to today’s adventurous travelers and the small permanent population.

Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galápagos Islands - Michael D'Orso
Exploring the cost of human existence on these once uninhabited lands, D’Orso’s book tells a more ominous and eye-opening tale of the Galápagos.

The Voyage of the Beagle - Charles Darwin
Arguably the quintessential tome about the Galápagos Islands, Charles Darwin shared his observations, descriptions, and details of the five year journey he undertook on the H.M.S. Beagle, a voyage that would inspire his theory of evolution and that would change the way we all see the world.

Galápagos: A Natural History - Michael H Jackson
Considered by some to be the “bible” of the Galápagos for the beginning biologist, this natural history book provides introductory and in-depth information on the islands’ volcanic origins, ecology, flora and fauna, history of human impact, and issues and efforts of conservation.