Prepare for your trip of a lifetime by reading about your destination. These highly-recommended guide books, coffee-table books and history books are guaranteed to get you off to a great start. “Must reads” are indicated in bold. Bring a couple of books on your trip to maximize your enjoyment of the islands.


Beebe, William. Galapagos, World’s End

Browne, Janet. Charles Darwin: A Biography, Vol. 1 – Voyaging

Browne, Janet. Charles Darwin: A Biography, Vol. 2 – The Power of Place

Castro, Isabel.  A Guide to the Birds of the Galapagos Islands

Constant, Pierre.  Marine Life of the Galapagos

Constant, Pierre.  The Galapagos Islands: A Natural History Guide

Darwin, Charles.  Voyage of the Beagle

De Roy, Tui.  Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

De Roy, Tui (editor). Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy

Fitter, Julian, Fitter, Daniel and Hosking, David.  Wildlife of the Galapagos

Grant, Kristina T and Estes, Gregory B.  Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World

Grant, Peter R. and Grant, B. Rosemary.  How and Why Species Multiply: The Radiation of Darwin’s Finches

Greenfield, Paul J. and Ridgely, Robert S.  Birds of Ecuador: A Field Guide

Harris, Michael.  Field Guide to the Birds of Galapagos

Humann, Paul and Deloach, Ned.  Reef Fish Identification:  Galapagos

Hickman, Cleveland P.  Galapagos Marine Life Series: Four Field Guides:
1. Sea Stars and other Echinoderms
2. Marine Molluscs
3. Crustaceans
4. Corals and other Radiates

Jackson, Michael  H.  Galapagos: A Natural History

Larson, Edward.  Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands

McMullen Conley.  Flowering Plants of the Galapagos 

Nicholls, Henry. Galapagos: A Natural History

Sitwell, Nigel.  Galapagos Islands Explorer Map

Stewart, Paul D.  Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World

Swash, Andy and Still Rob.  Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Treherne, John. The Galapagos Affair

Weiner, Jonathan.  The Beak of the Finch

Woram, John.  Charles Darwin Slept Here

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