-Stephen King (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)
With the enchanted isles on your mind, there’s nothing better than to find some great Galapagos books that’ll boost your excitement in going. With countless scientists, researchers, scholars and wildlife enthusiasts that have visited the Galapagos Islands, it’s no small wonder that there’s been plenty of Galapagos books written and published on the matter. It’s always best to know a bit about your destination before heading off into the unknown. Here are a few of our pics for great Galapagos reads.
A book that focuses on the human history of the Galapagos Islands, all the way from a to z. It reads like a a captivating novel and is well researched, with a perfect dose of humour.
Simple, easy to use pocket field guide with excellent photos for identifying species throughout the archipelago. Encompasses all the birds, mammals and reptiles that a visitor might encounter.
Great book to read prior to visiting the Galapagos. Provides general and useful information regarding the history, geology, fauna, flora and conservation of the islands.
The true rock star! Animals aside, Galapagos is a wonderland for geologists. Theo makes geology (with a focus on vulcanology) fun and easy to comprehend. Colorful images and plenty of photos, this book explains the unique geology of every island.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles William Eliot
While the book focuses on the field studies done by the Grants (Peter and Rosemary Grant), Weiner updates the history of the idea of evolution, examining it from its inception with Darwin all the way to the modern-day DNA era The book focuses on the meticulous study of over 20 generations of finches by the grants.
Botany of the Galapagos made simple. This is a great guide of the Galapagos flora, covering endemic, native and exotic plants with a detailed explanation of each species. Conveniently gives a list of plants likely to be seen at popular tourist sites. The introductory bit not only assists readers in knowing where to find specific plants but also provides insight about the ecology of the plants. Beautiful photos accompany the text as well.
The best companion guide for snorkellers (keep in mind that non-snorkellers can use our glass-bottom boat) that are looking to marvel at the fascinating underwater creatures of the Galapagos. As an added bonus, the book also details the ranges and depths at which the fish are likely to be found. Definitely a must-have for all those willing to check out the underwater life of the Galapagos.
Overall, remember that the best way to learn about the Galapagos islands is to visit them! Start exploring out tours!