Ecuador & Quito Books

Ecuador & Quito Books

Ecuador Guidebooks

Here are our hand-picked, best-of-the-best books about Ecuador. Our bookstore is linked up with so its easy and safe to order right online just in time for your trip.

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Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Guidebooks

VIVA Travel Guides Ecuador

Provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of Ecuador´s most popular destinations and off the beaten path secrets. Written by a team of travel writers who have lived and traveled throughout this fascinating country, the guide contains extensive coverage of the Galápagos Islands including reviews of over 80 Galápagos boats and more than 30 maps of the visitor sites and islands. The book details more restaurants and hotels in Quito than any other guidebook, plus our community of writers have found the top eco-lodges and tours for an unforgetable stay in the Amazon rainforest and tips on visiting the jungle.

Ecuador: Climbing and Hiking Guide: VIVA Travel Guides

Updated and greatly improved by Mark Thurber, writer of’s Climbing and Hiking Section. This is a must have for the independent hiker, trekker or climber. Detailed routes and excellent maps (including color photos of climbs with the routes outlined) for most all of the great hikes, treks and climbs in the country. Good background information on packing, preparing, and natural history info. The above VIVA Ecuador book is a good choice to accompany this book with it’s wider range of general travel info like hotels, restaurants and other things to see beyond the mountains.
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VIVA Travel Guides Quito, Ecuador

VIVA Travel Guides is the only major travel guide based in Latin America, and their home office is in Quito. So, for the inside scoop on what to see, where to stay and what to eat, this guide is second to none.

The guide also covers hot spots around Quito such as Papallacta, Cotopaxi, Mindo and other destinations that can be done as a day trip from the Ecuadorian capital.

VIVA Travel Guides Galapagos

This guide, written by Dr. Crit Minster, PhD. has become the leading guidebook to the Galapagos Island in a very short amount of time. Crit, who is a university professor in Quito, travels to the Galapagos several times a year, and his wife has been a head naturalist guide at one of the top cruise companies for nearly twenty years. Crit’s intimate knowledge of the Galapagos, combined with painstakingly up-to-date information, yield a must have guide.

Crit gives excellent advice on how to save thousands of dollars reserving your Galapagos Island tour. Learn when to go, what islands to go to, and what to see on each of the islands and National Park visitor spots.

Footprint Ecuador and the Galapagos Handbook 

(4th Ed., April, 2003) by Daisy Kunstaetter, Robert Kunstaetter
Ecuador specific version of the legendary South American Handbook that has earned a reputation with budget travelers over the years. Good, frequently updated emphatic information on travel destinations.

Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring: Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides (9th Ed., March 1, 2004) by Danny Palmerlee, Fiona Adams, Sandra Bao, Charlote Beech, Morgan Konn, Andrew Dean Nystrom . Another classic for trans continental travelers. Again, not as complete as the country specific Lonely Planet Ecuador and Galapagos.

Footprint South American Handbook 2005 (81st Ed., November 9, 2004) by Ben Box. A classic. The South American Handbook wrote the book on guide books. Updated annually and has all the basic information you need about all the best spots in South America. Coverage of Ecuador is not as complete as the country specific Footprint Ecuador Handbook: The Travel Guide

Let’s Go Ecuador 1st Edition: Including the Galapagos Islands (Let’s Go Ecuador)
(December 13, 2004)

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Provider Spotlight

Free Galapagos Trip Planner at Galapagos Islands .com – easily plan your Galapagos vacation online, find great value, and a wide selection of customized Galapagos cruises and vacations.

Galapagos Tour Experts – Adventure Life Specialize in luxury Galapagos cruises, and land-based Galapagos tours. Adventure Life can help you design the perfect trip to Ecuador. As seen in Outside Magazine, NatGeo, and the New York Times.

Voyager Galapagos Tours haS excellent Galapagos cruise deals & last-minute offers, and land-based Galapagos tours (aka Island Hopping).

Galapagos & Ecuador Insiders use their local expertise to assist you in planning the perfect Galapagos cruise or Ecuador tour for your precise budget, needs, and interests.

Latin Trails craft customized journeys to the Galapagos Islands, the Ecuador mainland, the Amazon rainforest, and Peru. They operate the highly-rated Galapagos cruising yacht: Seaman Journey and the day tour yacht the Galapagos Hopper.

Andando Tours – Pioneers in Galapagos tourism. Two generations of sailing and shipbuilding showcase unparalleled knowledge in creating the most unique Galapagos Cruises. Owners & Operators of S/S Mary Anne & M/Y Passion.

Gulliver Expeditions – Learn more about our Ecuador ToursPeru ToursEcuador Climbing Expeditions, Galapagos Land Tours, and Machu Picchu Tours. Gulliver Expeditions offer fantastic travel experiences since 2005.

Surtrek Galapagos Cruises – has offered exceptional custom-designed trips to the Galapagos for over 20 years. They now bring their brand of off-the-beaten-path trips to other countries in South America such as Peru’s Machu PicchuBolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats, and Chile’s Atacama Desert.

ViaNatura – provides excellent value Galapagos cruises on the Monserrat yacht, a luxury cruise experience on the Hermes yacht, and a variety of tours in Ecuador and Peru.

Exclusive Galapagos Cruises, part of the EQ Touring group – specializes in private Galapagos yacht charters. They can help your group find the perfect yacht that matches your needs at a price negotiated by a true insider who has been doing charters in the Galapagos for decades.