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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2009
Just returned from the Galpagos. Half the visitors in my group had this book. It is small, well organised and covers all wildlife you will encounter (apart from fish, and you are bound to snorkel, and the Godwit bird) together with useful sections on the geology and, most importantly, the sites and walks you will be taken to by your guide.
This book is a must
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2009
This is the book that our guide in the Galapogos used. I am no wildlife expert and I found I was easily able to identify the birds and animals I saw using this book. Only wish I had bought it before I traveled. This book cost $45US on the ship and $35US locally. I suggest you buy from Amazon before you go.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2009
We found this book very helpful, particularly in conjunction with our guide's comments. We could check up on the wildlife he had described, which helped us to remember and to label our photos more or less correctly. On the whole the illustrations were very good and the layout clear. Unfortunately it doesn't include fish, so snorkellers need another reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2010
A very informative and helpful guide, providing a detailed and thorough manual of most of the wildlife to be seen, plus additional, relevant information about the conservation process, taking photos etc. The one major omission (albeit not in this guide's brief) is the absence of a section on the fish etc. seen on typical trips.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2010
Having lived in the Galapagos most of my life, I wish I'd had this book while growing up, exploring the islands and guiding early visitors. The photographs are clear, the book well designed for easy identification and the text shows that the authors have a deep respect and understanding of the islands. If you don't get around to buying this book to take with you....buy it in mainland Ecuador or out in the Galapagos, only don't go without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
One or two species commonly seen not listed, and some illustrations picture only the male of the species, when the female is quite different, and the text does not mention this. (Darwins finches). Not all tourist paths mentioned, but those listed were excellent. Cruise ship National Park Guides (mandatory for all excursions) fill in the gaps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
This book by Collins is a must if you are travelling to the Galapagos Islands. It is packed with very good advice on what to expect on each of the very different Islands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2013
A great book and marvellous for spotting wildlife coupled with some background about the islands themselves and the way they formed
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on 5 June 2014
This book was so useful. We travelled with a naturalist but it was not always easy to remember all he said. The book along with personal photos is an ideal way to recall our experiences. Interestingly it was selling in the Galapagos for around $45!
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on 25 January 2015
Excellent publication. I found it very difficult to find a suitable publication which only covered The Galapagos and not included Equador. Gives all the information required for the holiday visitor and certainly helped with identifying photos after!
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