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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)

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)

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

by Twan Leenders | Robert Dean | Jim Zook | Fiona Reid

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This Zona Tropical guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full-color illustrations by Fiona Reid (mammals), Robert Dean (birds) and friends. (CRC77, $29.95)

National Geographic Costa Rica

National Geographic Costa Rica

by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture. (CRC26, $22.95)

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, The Complete Guide

Costa Rica, The Complete Guide


by James Kaiser

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

From pristine beaches and jungle waterfalls to high-altitude coffee plantations, award-winning author and photographer Kaiser shows readers the best of Costa Rica, including the country's stunning collection of national parks. (CRC87, $22.95)

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)

Frommer's 2015 Costa Rica

Frommer's 2015 Costa Rica


by Eliot Greenspan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 540 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to the region with excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants and excursions. With two-color maps throughout. (CRC89, $22.95)

Moon Spotlight Arenal & Monteverde

Moon Spotlight Arenal & Monteverde


by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 121 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Lake Arenal and Monteverde and the surrounding area. (CRC94, $9.99)

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)

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 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)

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature


by Adrian Hepworth

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats. (CRC68, $39.95)

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond


by Adrian Forsyth | E.O. Wilson | Michael Fogden

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity, the book is a marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation. (CRC67, $29.95)

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)

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)

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change


by Richard Fisher

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation. (GEO02, $30.95)

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 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)

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)

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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