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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)

The Panama Hat Trail

The Panama Hat Trail

by Tom Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

An entertaining and insightful social history of Ecuador -- as told through its hat-making history. It's a classic example of travel writing and one of the best things written on Ecuador. (EDR15, $14.00)

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)

Ecuador Map

Ecuador Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2005
  • MAP

A laminated map of Ecuador at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with detailed insets of Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Amazon on the reverse. (EDR03, $10.95)

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)

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish


by Joseph Keenan

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor. (CAM06, $19.95)

Lonely Planet Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Lonely Planet Ecuador & Galapagos Islands


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to Ecuador and Galapagos for independent travelers. (GPS04, $24.99)

Ecuador Reader, History, Culture, Politics

Ecuador Reader, History, Culture, Politics


by Carlos De La Torre | Steve Striffler

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

A portrait of a nation. This lively sourcebook gathers selections from long out-of-print travel accounts, articles, interviews, poems, literary excerpts (and even a recipe) to document the vitality and diversity of modern Ecuador. (EDR24, $26.95)

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)

Valverde's Gold, In Search of the Last Great Inca Treasure

Valverde's Gold, In Search of the Last Great Inca Treasure


by Mark Honigsbaum

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The spellbinding account of a tough journey into Ecuador's Llanganati mountains in search of buried Spanish gold. (AND51, $19.00)

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)

Ecuador, A Travel Journal

Ecuador, A Travel Journal


by Henri Michaux | Robin Magowan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A brief, querulous and entirely wonderful narrative of the modernist painter Michaux's travels with the poet Gangotena, strong on color and personality. Its many pleasures include an unbeatable description of Quito's accursed mountain weather. (EDR16, $17.95)

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)

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, Exploring Darwin's Tapestry

Galapagos, Exploring Darwin's Tapestry


by John Hess

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 188 PAGES

Professor Hess pulls off the rare trick of being both scientifically accurate and inviting in this illustrated coffee-table primer on Galapagos, its geology, evolution and magnificent wildlife. (GPS91, $49.95)

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)

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos, The Islands That Changed the World


by Paul D. Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Stewart and co-authors, associated with the BBC natural history unit, present the natural and human history of the islands in this wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated book, the companion to the BBC series. (GPS78, $35.00)

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. We also carry the companion book to the BBC series (GPS78, $29.95). (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)

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)

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by David Pearson | Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

An excellent guide to Ecuador's wildlife, featuring concise descriptions and color illustrations of 500 frequently encountered reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. The Galapagos Islands get a separate chapter and section of illustrations. (GPS34, $29.95)

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

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

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)

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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