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A traveler's guide to the Galapagos Islands Paperback – 1990
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Intrepid travelers interested in natural history who can afford to spend a pretty penny for the privilege of roughing it may consider vacationing in the Galapagos Islands, a province of Ecuador where tourism is tightly controlled in order to protect the fragile environment. Boyce reviews the islands' history, explains its ecology and the evolution of its wildlife, and tells where to go and what to see and photograph. He describes various available tour options in detail, but this section is the most likely to become outdated, as visitor sites, tour operators, airline routes, etc., change. An annotated bibliography plus two indexes (one general, a second for tours) help the traveler prepare. For comprehensive public library travel collections. --Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.
Norristown P.L., Pa.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The author also has a very good section about the places that you will land and what you will see on each day. Almost all of the boats follow the same basic itinerary (we saw the same boats at each place we went), so the authors descriptions are valid no matter which tour you choose. The author also includes tips about what to look for and what to pay attention to if you want to take photographs. I found this section to be very helpful because the guides don't always point out everything.
The book also has chapters about the history of the islands, the wildlife, what to bring and about Ecuador and accommodations in Quito. I highly recommend this book to anyone planning to visit the Galapagos. This book goes into far more detail than the Lonely Planet or the Rough Guides for Ecuador and I took both this book and the Rough Guides with me and was very happy that I did. Going to the Galapagos is like entering another world and it is the trip of a lifetime. I recommend this book to make sure that you get the most out of your trip.
It is a good reference, and if you leave it in the living room table, makes for a great talking piece!!!!
Highly recommended for the price!!!
He does advocate taking a longer-than-the-usual 1 week tour. I agree completely with him. You'll find very few operators actually have 11 or 14 day tours (on the water in the Galapagos). (One is Galapagos Tours, the other is Natural Habitat.)
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Very good information and at a good price.
I recommend it!
A must if you are traveling to the Galapagos.