Birds of Ecuador, A Field Guide
Paul Greenfield & Robert Ridgely
A comprehensive, gorgeous and exhaustively researched field guide to the birds of Ecuador (and adjacent countries), featuring 96 color plates. It's also the best bird guide for travelers in the Peruvian Amazon.
Amazon Insects - A Photo Guide
James L. Castner
Spectacular, weird and commonly encountered bugs, butterflies, katydids, leafhoppers, ants, bees, spiders and other insects of the Amazon basin. Geared for the traveler, with 200 color photographs.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
David Pearson & Les Beletsky
An excellent guide to Ecuador's wildlife, featuring concise descriptions and color illustrations of 500 frequently encountered reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. The Galapagos Islands get a separate chapter and section of illustrations.
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
A laminated map of Ecuador at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with detailed insets of Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Amazon on the reverse.
Quito and Northern Ecuador
A full-color map of Quito and surroundings for the traveler, at a scale of 1:12,500.
Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos
Presenting the natural history, politics, culture, wildlife and attractions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with style and authority.
Lonely Planet Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
An excellent practical guide to Ecuador and Galapagos for independent travelers.
Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook
Lonely Planet Publications
A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary.
Moon Spotlight Quito
A slim, authoritative guide to Quito and the Ecuadorian Andes. What Moon guides lack in flash, they more than make up for in personable, clear writing, expert recommendations and advice. The text is interspersed with color photographs and maps.
Viva Travel Guides Ecuador, Climbing and Hiking
This practical guide draws on the Viva online community for its in-depth recommendations.
Culture Smart! Ecuador
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Rough Guide Ecuador
Harry Ades & Melissa Graham
A compact comprehensive guide to travel in Ecuador, including Quito, the Oriente and Galapagos with extensive listings, dozens of sketch maps, and a brief overview of culture, nature and history.
Through the Eyes of the Condor, An Aerial Vision of Latin America
Robert B. Haas
This collection of stunning, oversized photographs, taken from above, shows the jungles and favellas, the reefs and ruins, wildlife and diverse landscapes of Latin America.
Volcanoes, Fire from the Earth
By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.
Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
A Neotropical Companion
John Kricher & Mark Plotkin
From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America.
The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon
Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, & Efrem Ferreira
This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Banana, The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Koeppel traces the history, natural and otherwise, politics and precarious current status of modern monoculture, touching down in India (world center of banana diversity), Ecuador (world's largest producer) and Central America.
Ecuador Reader, History, Culture, Politics
Carlos De La Torre & Steve Striffler
A portrait of a nation. This lively sourcebook gathers selections from long out-of-print travel accounts, articles, interviews, poems, literary excerpts (and even a recipe) to document the vitality and diversity of modern Ecuador.
Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon
Hemming captures the ambition, greed and awe of naturalists, explorers and missionaries -- and their devastating impact on native peoples -- in this absorbing human history.
Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization.
In Focus Ecuador, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture
Wilma Roos & Omer van Renterghem
This slim guide provides a lively overview of Ecuador's history, cultural heritage and political, environmental and economic challenges.
Portrait of a Nation, Culture and Progress in Ecuador
President of Ecuador from 1981 to 1984, Hurtado writes of cultural values and obstacles to change. A main one, he writes, is that beliefs and cultural attitudes in the country impede economic success.
The Great Inka Road, Engineering an Empire
An astute collection of essays on the "Qhapaq Nan" (the Great Inca Road), its engineering, practical purposes and the great Inca civilization that built it. Includes more than 225 full-color illustrations.
The History of Ecuador
this compact book includes chapters on Ecuador today, Ecuador's indigenous and colonial past, the oil boom and other events.
Weaving and Dyeing in Highland Ecuador
Ann Pollard Rowe & Lynn Meisch
A well-illustrated, authoritative overview of textiles and textile traditions in the Andes of Ecuador. Unrivaled in its detail, the study includes not only descriptions of highlanders' indigenous weaving and dyeing technology, but also an interpretation of their works' historical significance. Features hundreds of photographs, drawings and maps.
Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals
This illustrated survey focuses on Quechua textiles, traditions, designs and daily life in the Andes, specifically in the high country surrounding Ausangate, 85 miles southeast of Cuzco.
Valverde's Gold, In Search of the Last Great Inca Treasure
The spellbinding account of a tough journey into Ecuador's Llanganati mountains in search of buried Spanish gold.
Moritz's heartfelt account of his small triumphs and tragedies as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village on the Ecuadorian coast is a classic.