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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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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)

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)

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)

Costa Rica Adventure Map

Costa Rica Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2008
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000. (CAM22, $11.95)

 
Costa Rica in Focus

Costa Rica in Focus


by Tjabel Daling

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 82 PAGES

A concise guide to the people, politics, economy and culture of Costa Rica. The author explores the history of democracy since the abolition of the army in 1948; the economic doldrums of the 1980s; and the impact of tourism. (CRC28, $12.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Costa Rica

Eyewitness Guide Costa Rica


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

This superb guide, divided geographically, features color photographs, dozens of excellent maps and a strong focus on wildlife. (CRC43, $25.00)

Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics


by Steven Palmer | Ivan Molina

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica (CRC40, $26.95)

A Neotropical Companion

A Neotropical Companion


by John Kricher | Mark Plotkin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 536 PAGES

From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America. (GPS11, $39.95)

Costa Rican Natural History

Costa Rican Natural History


by Daniel Janzen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 832 PAGES

A prize-winning reader on all aspects of the natural history of Costa Rica, this hefty and thorough illustrated book is remarkably well written and rewarding for the serious general reader. (CAM05, $57.50)

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)

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)

A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica


by F. Gary Stiles | Alexander Skutch | Dana Gardner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 511 PAGES

A masterfully researched and comprehensive field guide to the birds of Costa Rica, including an overview of geography, habitats and avifauna. Covers 800 species and features 52 color plates. (CRC05, $39.95)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica


by Susan Fogdon | Michael Fogdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Arranged by family groups, this pocket field guide to 250 common birds includes color photos, identification notes and range maps. (CRC42, $15.95)

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 Wildlife Guide

Costa Rica Wildlife Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PLASTIC CARD

A richly colored fold-out, 14-panel laminated plastic card featuring beautifully rendered illustrations of the assortment of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, butterflies and primates found in Costa Rica. (CRC51, $7.95)

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)

Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica

Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica


by Carrol Henderson | Alexander Skutch

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

A comprehensive photographic guide to 300 commonly encountered and unusual species of birds, mammals and other wildlife, with a good overview of the geographic setting and natural history of the region. (CRC27, $39.95)

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)

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)

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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