Book Review: Frommer’s Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

With a close friend about to embark on a month in Ecuador including a trip to one of the destinations I’ve always wanted to get to, the Galapagos Islands, I thought it was a good time to look at the new second edition of the Frommer’s Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands guide. The front cover with its “blue footed boobie” birds typifies one of the main reasons tourists visit Ecuador – to see the wilderness and nature of the Galapagos Islands.

510YHPKDNuL._AA260_If, like me, you’ve been dreaming and reading about a trip to this area for a long time, then the quick update at the very front of the guide on “What’s New” will be very handy – it includes information like the delay on the new international airport in Quito, new discoveries on the Galapagos and something I wasn’t looking for, but sounds great, a new surfing and Spanish combination school on the southern coast.

The rest of the guidebook follows the standard pattern of a Frommer’s guide: an overview of the best of Ecuador, a chapter on cultural matters, suggested itineraries and sections for each of the geographical regions of the country. Like all guidebooks, the information is only as up-to-date as the last time it was checked (and in the physical guidebook publishing world, this is not so recent) but there are numerous website links so you can check the latest.
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