Get excited about your upcoming Galápagos adventure by consulting some of the extraordinary literature focusing on the islands. Brush up on Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking scientific theories and celebrated adventures by consulting his famous texts, On Natural Selection, On the Origin of Species, and The Voyage of the Beagle.
Travelers can also consider the robust inventory of field guides, including the comprehensive Galápagos, a Natural History Guide by Michael H. Jackson and texts dedicated to marine life, ornithology, and the archipelago’s exotic flora.
For a sense of place with more of a plot, Herman Melville’s The Enchanted Isles and Kurt Vonnegut’s Galápagos are two of the most fascinating novels set here.
PUBLISHED BY LOCAL AUTHORS
Galapagos, Preserving Darwin’s Legacy, by Tui de Roy, 2009
Galapagos, Both sides of the Coin, by Pete Oxford & Graham Watkins, 2009
Darwin in Galapagos, Footsteps to a New World, by Greg Estes & Thalia Grant,
Galapagos, Exploring Darwin’s Tapestry, by John Hess, 2009
LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO PACK (PAPERBACK)
Galapagos, Smithsonian Natural History Series, by JC Kricher,
The Enchanted Isles, by Herman Melville, paperback
Galapagos, A Novel, by Kurt Vonnegut, paperback
The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin, in paperback
On Natural Selection, Charles Darwin, Penguin Books
Galapagos, World’s End, by William Beebe
INSIGHTFUL READING ON DARWINISM
On the Origin of Species, The Illustrated Edition, by Charles Darwin & David Quamman
The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner (Pulitzer Prize-winning book)
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, by David Quammen,
Charles Darwin, The Concise story of an extraordinary man, by Tim Berra