Galapagos Islands

Books You Should Read Before Visiting The Galapagos Islands

The enchanted Galapagos Islands have stunning landscapes, a huge variety of endemic species, and many islands to explore. The islands have been the inspiration to countless scientists, researchers, scholars and wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. So, there are plenty of exciting books about the archipelago. Below we list the top Galapagos books to read before visiting this marvelous destination.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: An Identification Guide by Andy Swash.

This simple guide helps beginners and experts to identify the archipelago unique species. Through excellent photos and an easy to use pocket format, the author, Andy Swash reviews each Galapagos bird, mammal and reptile. The book focuses on the main characteristics of identification of the endemic and most popular species of the islands. By reading it you won’t miss any of the archipelago’s special species!

The Galapagos: A Natural History by Henry Nicholls

It is not surprising that the first name of the Galápagos archipelago was “Las Encantadas” (the enchanted islands). These islands are surrounded by a captivating history that Henry Nicholls hits every detail of. Nicholls dives into how the islands were transformed from a lava-covered desert into a vital scientific resource and coveted destination for tourists.

Flowering Plants of the Galapagos by Conley McMullen

The Galapagos islands, home to a great variety of plants and vegetation, became famous for being the research site of Charles Darwin. Today, their magnificent flora and fauna  are still attracting visitors from all over the world. Based on the author’s sixteen years of fieldwork and with his exceptional photography, Flowering Plants of the Galapagos is the first accessible, detailed guide to the stunning and unusual plant life of the area.

The botanical history of the islands and each of their varied ecological zones is described, identifying 500 endemic and the exotic plants. The book is illustrated with photographs, and also it provides a map of the Galapagos and a list of the plants that can be seen at popular tourist sites, so visitors don’t miss the experience.

We can only agree that the Galapagos Islands are more surprising every day because of their natural attractions, beautiful landscapes and their rich flora and fauna. These books mentioned above will help you to learn more about these fascinating islands, and you will understand why so many people visit it every year.


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