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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

by John Steinbeck

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The classic account of a collecting trip to the Sea of Cortez with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, first published in 1941. Subtitled "A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research," this much-loved book captures the wonders of the Gulf of California and the joys of discovery. (BJA02, $17.00)

Oasis of Stone

Oasis of Stone

by Bruce Berger | Miguel Angel de la Cueva

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

The geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Baja in 180 gorgeous color photographs and marvelously informative essays. (BJA60, $49.95)

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

by Tamara Eder

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Photographs, maps, identification and natural history are all covered in this handy guide featuring color illustrations by Ian Sheldon. (BJA52, $12.95)

Moon Handbook Baja

Moon Handbook Baja

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

Packed with maps, charts and photographs, this handy guide combines practical advice with chapters on natural history. (BJA09, $19.99)

Baja California Map

Baja California Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

Including the Sea of Cortez and adjoining Sonora coast at a scale of 1:650,000, this handy map is also printed on waterproof paper. (BJA13, $10.95)

 
The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

A Traveller's History of Mexico

A Traveller's History of Mexico


by Kenneth Pearce

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer. (MEX172, $14.95)

Miraculous Air

Miraculous Air


by C. M. Mayo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Like Steinbeck (from whom she quotes in the title "the very air here is miraculous"), Mayo is enchanted with the land and people of Baja. She writes of a 1,000-mile journey from Cabo to Tijuana with insight, warmth and style. (BJA34, $15.00)

The Whales Know, Travels Along the Baja California Peninsula

The Whales Know, Travels Along the Baja California Peninsula


by Pina Cacucci

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 180 PAGES

A humorous and humble travelogue by writer-explorer Cacucci. He travels the length of Baja California revisiting sites seen by John Steinbeck, but becomes enamored with all things whale. (CAL338, $22.95)

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez


by Peter Benchley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A heartwarming, eco-conscious novel about a young woman and her sixth-sense for ocean wildlife. Benchley's protagonist, Paloma, discovers a secret ocean animal in a sea full of beauty, danger and adventure. First published in 1983. (BJA78, $15.00)

Gray Whales, Wandering Giants

Gray Whales, Wandering Giants


by Robert H. Busch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

In this complete natural history of the gray whale, Busch chronicles not just ecology and evolution but also conservation, mythology and lore. With 80 excellent color photographs. (BJA14, $19.95)

Ocean Oasis

Ocean Oasis


by Soames Summerhays

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • DVD

Produced by Lindblad naturalist Summerhays in conjunction with the San Diego Natural History Museum, this IMAX film features eye-popping footage of both the desert landscapes and underwater scenes of the invertebrates, fish and especially the whales of Baja California. (BJA53, $14.99)

Telling Our Way to the Sea

Telling Our Way to the Sea


by Aaron Hirsh

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Biologist and director of The Vermilion Sea Field Station Aaron Hirsh recounts his adventures underwater and among the islands of the Sea of Cortez with biologist wife Veronica Volny, historian friend Graham Burnett and students in this series of wondrous essays. (BJA77, $18.00)

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California


by Joseph Wood Krutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

A classic, leisurely account of the plants, landscapes and history of Lower California. (BJA01, $19.95)

The Whale

The Whale


by Philip Hoare

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores. (BST144, $15.99)

Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California

Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California


by Ron McPeak

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 99 PAGES

A field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Baja California, featuring color photographs. (BJA27, $20.95)

Baja California Plant Field Guide

Baja California Plant Field Guide


by Norman C. Roberts | Jon Rebman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

We can't imagine a walk through the deserts and islands of Baja California without this book in hand. With hundreds of color photographs illustrating 715 plants of the region, this superb field guide also includes short introductory chapters on vegetation, geology and climate. This expanded third edition was revised by Jon Rebman, botanist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. (BJA05, $34.95)

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated field guide illustrating the whales, dolphins and other marine mammals of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific coast of Baja. (BJA62, $5.95)

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast


by Sarah G. Allen | Joe Mortenson | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Sophie Webb, director of Oikinos, contributes the exquisite paintings for this outstanding field guide, the 100th in the California Natural History Guides series, perfect for the Sea of Cortez. (PNW279, $28.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, full-color waterproof card. (BJA31, $7.50)

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PLASTIC CARD

This beautifully illustrated, double-sided laminated card depicts 60 commonly encountered birds of coastal Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. We also carry the Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide plastic card. (Item BJA62) (MEX174, $6.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals


by Daniel W. Gotshall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A handy photographic guide to common fishes and marine invertebrates from Baja to Panama. (BJA06, $24.95)

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez


by Stewart Aitchison

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

A biologist, geologist and naturalist on expedition cruises in the region, Stewart Aitchison brings experience -- and a large photo library -- to this well-illustrated natural history. (BJA69, $15.95)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

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