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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)

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

by Zona Tropical Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

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)

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Barbara Ras

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

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

Fodor's Costa Rica

Fodor's Costa Rica

by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

A practical, frequently revised guide in the popular series, especially useful for its extensive annotated listings of suggested places to stay and eat. (CRC12, $21.99)

Costa Rica Adventure Map

Costa Rica Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2008
  • MAP

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

 
Costa Rica's National Parks and Reserves

Costa Rica's National Parks and Reserves


by Joseph Franke

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

With trails, maps and travel details for 46 parks and reserves from Guanacaste to Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero and La Amistad. (CAM04, $21.95)

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)

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 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)

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, Fire From the Earth

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth


by Maurice Krafft

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science. (GEO06, $15.95)

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 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)

The Birds of Costa Rica

The Birds of Costa Rica


by Richard Garrigues | Robert Dean

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 387 PAGES

Designed for the field, this new guide includes multiple illustrations for 820 species of birds. (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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