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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)

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)

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)

 
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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Wanderlust, A History of Walking

Wanderlust, A History of Walking


by Rebecca Solnit

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Solnit's wide-ranging, literate and thoroughly enlightening essays on the multiple means of walking touches upon, among many things, the origins of bipedalism, famous flaneurs and walking as a form of rebellion. Terrific. (WLK06, $18.00)

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)

Naturalists at Sea

Naturalists at Sea


by Glyn Williams

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 328 PAGES

Peopled with wonderful characters and major figures of Enlightenment science -- among them Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Joseph Banks, John Reinhold Forster, Captain Cook, and Charles Darwin. (NAT279, $38.00)

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)

The Walker's Anthology

The Walker's Anthology


by Deborah Manley

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Writers from around the world reflect on the transformative nature of a good stroll in these inspiring quotations and excerpts from literary figures including W.H. Auden, Agatha Christie, Captain James Cook, Charles Dickens, Paul Theroux, Henry David Thoreau, Colin Thubron and Mark Twain. (WLK13, $14.95)

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 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, 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 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)

Reef Fish Identification, Galapagos

Reef Fish Identification, Galapagos


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 200 PAGES

With its hundreds of well-chosen color photographs and descriptions, this field guide is essential for underwater enthusiasts. (DIV04, $39.95)

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