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Guatemala: Mayan Explorer

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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.

Essential Reading

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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)

Maya Art and Architecture

Maya Art and Architecture

by Mary Ellen Miller

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout. (MYA20, $20.95)

Culture Smart! Guatemala

Culture Smart! Guatemala

by Lisa Vaughn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (CAM119, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Guatemala

Lonely Planet Guatemala

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to Guatemala with 35 local and city maps, color photographs and extensive information on where to go and what to do. (CAM85, $24.99)

 
Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary. (SAM127, $8.99)

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 Guatemala Reader

The Guatemala Reader


by Greg Grandin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 648 PAGES

A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars. (GML18, $29.95)

The Maya Tropical Forest: Peoples, Parks and Ancient Cities

The Maya Tropical Forest: Peoples, Parks and Ancient Cities


by James D. Nations

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 323 PAGES

Jim Nations draws on field work in the region over the last 25 years in this personable, detailed overview of the people, history and wildlife of the lowland tropical forest of southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. (MYA49, $22.95)

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One


by John Lloyd Stephens

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1969
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

The first volume of Stephens' 1841 account, an instant bestseller and still an excellent introduction to the people, culture and archaeology of Central America. It follows Stephens through Belize and Guatemala, with several chapters on Copan. With 127 engravings by Frederick Catherwood. We also carry Volume Two. ($14.95, Item MYA05) (MYA33, $16.95)

The Maya

The Maya


by Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights the chronology, accomplishments and legacy of the Maya. (MYA10, $26.95)

Guatemalan Journey

Guatemalan Journey


by Stephen Connely Benz

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Opening with a long chapter on life in Guatemala City, Benz's memoir moves on to the remote highlands and other little-visited regions. An excellent account of Guatemala's political history, traditions, and indigenous cultures. (GML03, $25.00)

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala


by Rigoberta Menchu | Elisabeth Burgos-Debray

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, Menchu speaks eloquently of her struggles against the military for a decent way of life. Although some of the book's events have been called into question, it is a compelling testimony to the power of a strong-minded, ordinary person and her love for her land. (GML01, $23.95)

Maya Roads

Maya Roads


by Mary Jo McConahay

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

McConahay draws upon three decades of traveling and living in Central America's remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. (MYA71, $16.95)

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico


by Ronald Wright

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Wright combines journalism, archaeology and an ear for dialogue in this engaging account of travels among the contemporary Maya. (CAM84, $16.00)

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life


by Dennis Tedlock

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya. (MYA14, $16.99)

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)

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)

Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya, A Guide

Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya, A Guide


by Victoria Schlesinger

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the natural and cultural history of 100 plants and animals of the Maya world, primarily those from the lowland tropical forest of Central America but also including savanna, mangrove and coral reef habitats. (MYA29, $29.95)

Birds of Mexico & Central America, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

Birds of Mexico & Central America, Princeton Illustrated Checklists


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An admirably compact, comprehensive guide featuring color plates. (MEX163, $29.95)

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