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Ecuadorian Amazon

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Savages

Savages

by Joe Kane

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A firsthand account of a naive journalist among the Huaraoni of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Kane is an engaging, humorous guide to development issues in the Oriente of Ecuador. (AMZ20, $16.00)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

Rough Guide Ecuador

Rough Guide Ecuador

by Harry Ades | Melissa Graham

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A compact comprehensive guide to travel in Ecuador, including Quito, the Oriente and Galapagos with extensive listings, dozens of sketch maps, and a brief overview of culture, nature and history. (EDR06, $24.99)

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)

 
Culture Smart! Ecuador

Culture Smart! Ecuador


by Russell Maddicks

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER

A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (EDR40, $9.95)

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)

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)

The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle

The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle


by Phillipe Descola

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Three years among the Jivaro (Achaur) of the Upper Amazon. A student of Claude Levi-Strauss, Descola proves himself to be an intelligent observer and born storyteller in this ethnographic account. (AMZ25, $25.95)

The World as You Dream It, Shamanistic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes

The World as You Dream It, Shamanistic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes


by John M. Perkins

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 139 PAGES

A personal account of sometimes hard-to-believe experiences with curanderos (or shamans) in the highlands and Amazon of Ecuador. (AMZ46, $14.95)

Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon

Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon


by John Hemming

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Hemming captures the ambition, greed and awe of naturalists, explorers and missionaries -- and their devastating impact on native peoples -- in this absorbing human history. (AMZ114, $24.95)

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego. (SAM02, $17.00)

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)

One River, Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon

One River, Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon


by Wade Davis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 537 PAGES

A spellbinding, sprawling tale of explorers, botanical secrets and larger-than-life personalities in northwest South America. (AMZ22, $18.00)

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice


by Mark Plotkin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this marvelous book, Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon. A portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and a moving example of science in the service of preservation. (AMZ15, $17.00)

The Mapmaker's Wife

The Mapmaker's Wife


by Robert Whitaker

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

Colonial politics, the travails of the cartographer, and good old-fashioned murder all add intrigue to this absorbing tale of 18th-century European exploration of the Amazon -- and one woman's quest heading from Quito to find her husband deep in the jungle. (AMZ97, $16.00)

A Neotropical Companion

A Neotropical Companion


by John Kricher | Mark Plotkin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 536 PAGES

From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America. (GPS11, $39.95)

Naturalists in Paradise, Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon

Naturalists in Paradise, Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon


by John Hemming

  • SCIENCE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

The story of the Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Bates and Richard Spruce, three pioneers of biology who made amazing discoveries in Amazonia. Includes 70 black-and-white and color illustrations. (AMZ137, $34.95)

Oil in the Soil

Oil in the Soil


by Pamela Martin

  • SCIENCE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 168 PAGES

Based on her field work over many years in Ecuador, Martin analyses the innovative global campaign to leave oil underground in a portion of Yasuni National Park in the Oriente; donor countries have already pledged $116 million. (EDR36, $70.00)

The Green Pharmacy

The Green Pharmacy


by James A. Duke

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 507 PAGES

An A-Z catalog of ailments and the herbal remedies that heal them. (AMZ40, $22.99)

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon


by Michael Goulding | Ronaldo Barthem | Efrem Ferreira

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text. (AMZ82, $39.95)

Amazon Insects - A Photo Guide

Amazon Insects - A Photo Guide


by James L. Castner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Spectacular, weird and commonly encountered bugs, butterflies, katydids, leafhoppers, ants, bees, spiders and other insects of the Amazon basin. Geared for the traveler, with 200 color photographs. (AMZ63, $20.00)

Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide

Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide


by Paul Greenfield | Robert Ridgely

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 740 PAGES

A comprehensive, gorgeous and exhaustively researched field guide to the birds of Ecuador (and adjacent countries), featuring 96 color plates. It's also the best bird guide for travelers in the Peruvian Amazon. (EDR08, $55.00)

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)

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide


by L.H. Emmons

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species. (GPS12, $42.50)

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