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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.

Essential Reading

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Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle

by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • 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
  • BEST SELLER

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

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, 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 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 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)

 
Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos

Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Presenting the natural history, politics, culture, wildlife and attractions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with style and authority. (EDR01, $23.99)

Darwin in Galapagos, Footsteps to a New World

Darwin in Galapagos, Footsteps to a New World


by Greg Estes | Thalia Grant

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES
  • NEW

The duo retrace the five-week visit by Darwin to the Galapagos, both reaching new conclusions about where he went and what he did and tracking other changes in the archipelago over the last 175 years. Greg has been a guide since the 1980s and Thalia is the daughter of finch researcher Peter Grant. (GPS92, $35.00)

Galapagos Affair

Galapagos Affair


by John Treherne

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Colorful early settlers including Dr. Ritter, Baroness Wagner von Bosquet and her three lovers and sturdy Margaret Wittmer enliven John Trehorne's riveting, real-life tale of murder in paradise. (GPS69, $29.95)

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
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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)

Galapagos, In Darwin's Footsteps

Galapagos, In Darwin's Footsteps


by Mark Newman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Newman writes of his adventures throughout the archipelago, by kayak, foot and aboard the brigadine Schooner, in this anecdotal account of his own travels and those of Darwin. (GPS109, $12.95)

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)

A Sheltered Life, The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise

A Sheltered Life, The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise


by Paul Chambers

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A conversational, often enlightening history of human-tortoise interactions from a scientist at London's Natural History Museum. (BST109, $40.00)

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)

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World


by Paul D. Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • DVD

Also available on Blu-Ray, this stunning three-part BBC documentary captures the rugged beauty, allure, wildlife and history of the archipelago like never before. (GPS79, $19.98)

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 Galapagos Conservation Trust magazine 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)

The Last Tortoise, A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime

The Last Tortoise, A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime


by Craig B. Stanford

  • SCIENCE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 210 PAGES

A biologist at USC, Stanford draws on his own research for this natural history and eye opening report on the conservation and future of the world's tortoises. He includes not just the giant tortoises of Galapagos and the Indian Ocean but also the striking radiated tortoise of Madagascar, Asian forest tortoise and other lesser known creatures. (GPS96, $25.50)

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 the Galapagos. (GPS51, $6.95)

The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands

The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands


by Jack Grove | Robert Lavenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 936 PAGES

An essential reference documenting 437 species of fish in the Galapagos. (GPS32, $145.00)

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