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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle

by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America. (GPS02, $12.95)

Galapagos, World's End

Galapagos, World's End

by William Beebe

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 442 PAGES

This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos. (GPS01, $19.95)

Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide

by David Horwell | Pete Oxford

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 156 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago. (GPS38, $22.99)

Galapagos, A Natural History

Galapagos, A Natural History

by Michael H. Jackson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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. (GPS03, $29.95)

Galapagos Islands Explorer Map

Galapagos Islands Explorer Map

by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

Not just handy for keeping track of your Galapagos cruise, this detailed map (1:400,000) of the islands includes illustrated biographies of famous visitors and a wildlife guide. (GPS68, $12.95)

 
Ecuador Adventure Map

Ecuador Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2011
  • MAP

This double-sided, waterproof map covers Ecuador in splendid detail (1:750:00) and also includes a Galapagos map (1:1 million). (EDR22, $11.95)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

Floreana, A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galapagos

Floreana, A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galapagos


by Margaret Wittmer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Back in print! The remarkable first-hand account of Margret Wittmer, who settled on the island of Floreana in the Galapagos in 1932, including her account of the infamous Galapagos Affair. Witter, well-known to many visitors, lived on the island until her death at 96 in 2000. Her daughter Floreana lives and works on the island at the Wittmer Hotel and son Captain Rolf Wittmer runs the Tip Top boats. (GPS18, $15.95)

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle


by Paul Quarrington

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Humorist, novelist and family man on a quest, Quarrington offers an entertaining account of a Galapagos voyage in the company of his seven-year-old daughter and 70-year-old father. (GPS65, $14.95)

Galapagos, A Novel

Galapagos, A Novel


by Kurt Vonnegut

  • LITERATURE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 283 PAGES

In this madcap classic, Vonnegut's narrator lives in a future where the human race has been wiped out -- all except for a small group who boarded the "nature cruise of the century" only to get stranded in the Galapagos. (GPS10, $16.00)

Galapagos: The Enchanted Islands, Through Writer's Eyes

Galapagos: The Enchanted Islands, Through Writer's Eyes


by John Hickman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

Hickman weaves original accounts by Galapagos whalers, gentleman pirates, fitful castaways, settlers and scientists, including Ambrose Crowley, Herman Melville, Charles Darwin and William Beebe, in these tales of the colorful human history of the archipelago. (GPS89, $32.95)

The Evolution of Jane

The Evolution of Jane


by Cathleen Schine

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Setting her novel on a Galapagos cruise, Schine mixes psychological insight and travel with impressive musings on Darwin and modern evolutionary theory in this fast-paced tale. (GPS30, $14.95)

40 Years of Evolution, Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island

40 Years of Evolution, Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island


by Peter R. Grant

  • SCIENCE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

Evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant continue the work of the Charles Darwin, providing a complete evolutionary history of Darwin's finches. (GPS115, $49.50)

Evolution's Workshop

Evolution's Workshop


by Edward J. Larson

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

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. (GPS50, $16.95)

Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution

Galapagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution


by Carol Ann Bassett

  • SCIENCE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Bassett focuses on not only the threats to the Galapagos but also the dedicated and often colorful biologists, conservationists and others working to protect the archipelago in this eloquent, accessible field report. (GPS86, $26.00)

Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire


by Tui De Roy

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the Galapagos by a photographer who was raised in the archipelago. Tenth anniversary edition. (GPS28, $29.95)

Lonesome George, The Life and Loves of the World's Most Famous Tortoise

Lonesome George, The Life and Loves of the World's Most Famous Tortoise


by Henry Nicholls

  • SCIENCE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

The lone tortoise from Isla Pinta, corralled at the Charles Darwin Station since 1971 until his death in 2012, stands at the center of Nicholl's witty, affectionate tale of conservation, reproductive biology and hope. (GPS70, $16.00)

The Beak of the Finch

The Beak of the Finch


by Jonathan Weiner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

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. (GPS08, $16.95)

The Galapagos, A Natural History

The Galapagos, A Natural History


by Henry Nicholls

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Editor of the magazine of the Galapagos Conservation Trust 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. (GPS114, $27.99)

Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands


by Andy Swash | Robert Stills

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 168 PAGES

This strikingly compact, comprehensive field guide features 500 color photographs, distribution maps and information on status, habitat and behavior. (GPS49, $30.00)

Flowering Plants of the Galapagos

Flowering Plants of the Galapagos


by Conley McMullen | Ghillean Prance

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Indispensable for the botanically minded, this excellent guide features color photographs of 436 species, an overview of ecology and habitats and plant checklists for visitor sites. (GPS40, $39.95)

Galapagos Wildlife

Galapagos Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • BEST SELLER

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of Galapagos. (GPS51, $6.95)

Wildlife of the Galapagos

Wildlife of the Galapagos


by Julian Fitter | Daniel Fitter | David Hosking

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

A compact identification guide to Galapagos nature and wildlife, featuring 400 color photographs, an overview of the history, climate, evolution and geology of the islands, and helpful full-color visitor site maps. (GPS47, $19.95)

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