8 Amazing Books that will inspire you to visit Ecuador

The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In The Amazon  by Robert Whitaker

A well-researched book about the French scientific expedition in the early 1700s to Ecuador (then Peru). The goal was to make measurements of latitude and longitude near the equator in order to determine the size and shape of the earth. It is also a story of one woman’s journey across the Andes and down the Amazon to rejoin with her husband.

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Bolívar: American Liberator by Marie Arana

A biography of Simon Bolívar, a Venezuelan military and political leader who played a leading role in South America’s wars of liberation from Spanish rule.

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Living Poor by Moritz Thomsen

In the 1960s a nearly 50 years old Californian farmer, Moritz Thomsen decided to join the Peace Corps. He spent four years volunteering in a poor village of Rio Verde in Ecuador. In his memoir, Thomsen describes the daily struggles and frustrations while trying to ‘help’ and ‘make a change’ and provides a very realistic view on poverty.

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The Panama Hat Trail: A Journey from South America by Tom Miller

A 1986 travelogue by an American travel writer Tom Miller. The book  follows the supply chain of the famous Panama hat from it’s origins in the straw fields in Ecuador to final owner in San Diago.   It is also  an interesting picture of the Ecuadorean culture, history  and people.

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Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win by Paul Barrett

A compelling account of a 20 year battle between oil giant Texaco/Chevron and Steven Donziger, a lawyer represents indigenous people and farmer communities in Ecuador’s rain-forest,  whose lives were effected by oil production industry.

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The Galapagos Affair by John Treherne

Stranger than fiction story about a group of early settlers on the remote island of Floreana in the Galapagos archipelago. The book details bizarre events and a series of unsolved disappearances that took place  on the island in the 1930’s.

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Floreana by Margret Wittmer

In 1932 Margaret Wittmer and her family left Germany for Galapagos island of Floreana in search for a  place that was not yet touched by civilization. In her memoir, Wittmer describes not only the challenges her family faced creating their new life but also the intrigue  and mystery surrounding the island.

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Galapagos: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

In 1986 the world is in chaos, the global economic crisis erupts and the mysterious infertility virus spreads over the whole world except several islands in the Galapagos archipelago. Humanity will survive thanks to the completely random participants of the “Natural Expedition of the Century” cruise who got stranded and survived on one of the islands. 

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