Top Galapagos Books to Read Before/During/After Your Visit

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

-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.

Sundown At South Plaza, Galapagos Islands
Sundown At South Plaza, Galapagos Islands

Our Top 8 Galapagos Books


Galapagos Basics

By Metrojourneys

Genre: Guide book

This magnificent guide book will give you everything you need to know about the Galapagos Islands before you and while you embark on your journey. From choosing where to stay, animals you must see and more, this is the most complete e-book about the Galapagos Islands. The best part? It’s available FOR FREE!


Charles Darwin Slept Here

By John Woram

Genre: Human history

A book that focuses on the human history of the Galapagos Islands, all the way from a to z. It reads like a captivating novel and is well researched, with a perfect dose of humor.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: An Identification Guide

By Andy Swash

Genre: Field guide

Simple, easy to use pocket field guide with excellent photos for identifying species throughout the archipelago. It encompasses all the birds, mammals, and reptiles that a visitor might encounter.

Galapagos Sea Lion
Fur Sea Lion Lounging On The Beach

Remember that the best way to learn about the Galapagos Islands is to visit them!


The Galapagos: A Natural History

By Henry Nicholls

Genre: Natural history

A great book to read prior to visiting the Galapagos. It provides general and useful information regarding the history, geology, fauna, flora, and conservation of the islands.


Volcanic Galapagos Volcanico

By Theofilos Toulkeridis

Genre: Field guide

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


The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

By Jonathan Weiner

Genre: Science conservation and history

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.


Flowering Plants of the Galapagos

By Conley K. McMullen

Genre: Field guide

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 into the ecology of the plants. Beautiful photos accompany the text as well.


Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos

By Paul Humann

Genre: Field guide

The best companion guide for snorkellers (keep in mind that non-snorkellers can use our lass-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.

Mola Mola Fish
Mola Mola Fish In The Galapagos Islands

Updated:May 10, 2023

Published:April 5, 2017


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National Geographic Traveller

A Font of information, Klaus has spent decades in the field, leading tours in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands. He hung up his guiding boots a few years back and now creates itineraries for the tour operator, Metropolitan Touring. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from mainland South America, Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse locales on Earth.

Cruise Critic

Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

Telegraph Ultra Travel: 50 Greatest Hotels in the World

When this modern, minimalist, glass-walled jungle lodge opened in 2012, it changed the accommodation game in South America. Arquitect Alfredo Ribadeneira’s “protective cocoon” would impress in a modern city; in the depths of an Andean cloudforest, it is wild, audacious and beautiful. Though only 70 miles from Quito, Maspi Lodge sits in splendid isolation, perched on a cliff at the end of an unsealed road.

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