CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
An exhaustive list of reading materials, covering a very wide range of subjects, well ordered for easy browsing. Headings include ecotourism, Darwin, natural history, birds, biogeography and more! Our all time favourite (offered to us as a wedding present just before we left for Galapagos) is: Song of the Dodo, by David Quammen. This is an excellent introduction to island biogeography - a very enjoyable read, written by a journalist, part travel log, part popular science. It helped us appreciate the process of speciation and extinction in Galapagos. My husband read it three times while there.
International Galapagos Tour Operators Association
A standards setting association providing general information on tourism in Galapagos. CNH Tours is a proud member of this organization. See its very valuable "GENERAL INFORMATION" section.
Charles Darwin Research Station
Click here for all you ever wanted to know about the natural history of Galapagos and the activities of the famous Charles Darwin Research Station. An excellent site.
We cannot say enough good about CNH Tours, particularly Heather Blenkiron who handled our request. Throughout the whole process of planning our Galapagos island vacation, the personal attention that she paid us made us feel like we were her only clients, knowing full well that we weren't. We found out later that she was a Canadian consular officer on the Islands for several years. She was very knowledgeable and very open and honest in her suggestions. We felt like she was working for us, not for the boat companies. Their pre-tour information book (44 pages!) covered every conceivable issue.
For the full trip report, on an independent website, click here