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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

A Cruise of Panama and Costa Rica

Costa Rican Spanish

Costa Rican Spanish


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos. (CRC25, $8.99)

Culture Smart! Costa Rica

Culture Smart! Costa Rica


by Jane Koutnik

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture. (CRC45, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Panama

Culture Smart! Panama


by Heloise Crowther

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture is concise and well-illustrated. (PNM30, $9.95)

National Geographic Panama

National Geographic Panama


by Christopher Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Award-winning travel writer and photographer Christopher Baker introduces the history, nature and attractions of Panama, thoroughly illustrated in National Geographic's style. (PNM35, $22.95)

A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America


by Hector Perez-Brignoll

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

A good overview of the region's economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise. (CAM49, $29.95)

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal


by Ovidio Diaz Espino

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

An intriguing look into the treachery, behind-the-scenes financial wrangling and Roosevelt-era dollar diplomacy that resulted in both the Panama Canal and the establishment of Panama as an independent nation. (PNM23, $16.95)

The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs

The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs


by Ulrich Keller

  • HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 111 PAGES

These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction. (CAM41, $14.95)

The Ticos

The Ticos


by Richard Biesanz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society. (CRC32, $22.95)

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Barbara Ras

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land. (CRC03, $14.95)

The Tailor of Panama

The Tailor of Panama


by John Le Carre

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Set in Panama, this thriller by master storyteller John Le Carre includes spymasters, corrupt officials, arms manufacturers and other unsavory types. (CAM51, $7.99)

A Naturalist in Costa Rica

A Naturalist in Costa Rica


by Alexander Skutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 382 PAGES

A warm account of living and studying ornithology in the Pacific hills of Costa Rica over the last 35 years at what is now Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Skutch died on his ranch in 2004 just short of his 100th birthday. (CAM09, $24.95)

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource. (CAM56, $18.95)

The Tapir's Morning Bath

The Tapir's Morning Bath


by Elizabeth Royte

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An engaging account of ecological research and ecologists at Barro Colorado Island, the Smithsonian Institution's Tropical Research Station in Panama. (AMZ74, $18.95)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature


by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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. (GPS13, $16.00)

Wild Costa Rica

Wild Costa Rica


by Adrian Hepworth

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation. (CRC69, $31.95)

A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras


by Robert Ridgely | J.A. Gwynne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 534 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide, noteworthy for its beautiful color plates, covers additional species found in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. (CAM07, $59.95)

Costa Rica Birds

Costa Rica Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card with full-color illustrations of birds commonly found in Costa Rica. Great for kids, too. (CRC56, $6.95)

Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths

Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card with color illustrations of Costa Rica's more visible species of butterflies and moths. Includes the distinguishing markings or behaviors of each species. (CRC57, $6.95)

Costa Rica, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Costa Rica, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This handy field guide features 350 color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. With chapters on habitats, parks and conservation. (CRC11, $29.99)

Costa Rican Wildlife

Costa Rican Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

Put it in your pocket! This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $5.95 each. (CRC24, $8.95)

Mammals of Costa Rica

Mammals of Costa Rica


by Fiona Reid

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 28 PAGES

A palm-sized guide to 65 native mammals, with handsome full-color illustrations and helpful descriptions. Includes a map, viewing tips and a checklist. (CRC37, $7.00)

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide


by L.H. Emmons

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

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. (GPS12, $42.50)

Panama Wildlife Guide

Panama Wildlife Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. (PNM27, $7.95)

Panama Birds, Western Panama

Panama Birds, Western Panama


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

A handy, 14-panel foldup card, featuring 250 clear color illustrations of the birds of western Panama. (PNM28, $7.95)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

The Birds of Costa Rica

The Birds of Costa Rica


by Richard Garrigues | Robert Dean

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES

This new edition covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of new, supplemental or revised color illustrations by Robert Dean and revised color-coded range maps. (CRC53, $29.95)

The Birds of Panama

The Birds of Panama


by Robert Dean | George R. Angehr

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Created for the field, with range maps, illustrations and descriptions on facing pages. (PNM46, $35.00)

The Mammals of Costa Rica, A Natural History and Field Guide

The Mammals of Costa Rica, A Natural History and Field Guide


by Oscar Arias | Mark Wainwright

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

From jaguars to howler monkeys, this guide covers the fascinating and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica and the tropics. (CRC54, $29.95)

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica


by Willow Zuchowski

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 529 PAGES

Organized by habitat, this photo guide to 400 species has chapters on popular destinations, including Monteverde and Tortuguero. (CRC55, $35.00)

 

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