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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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Insight Guide South America

Insight Guide South America

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

This profusely illustrated, comprehensive guide features hundreds of color photographs, excellent maps and insightful essays on history, art, architecture and attractions. (SAM24, $24.99)

Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle

by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America. (GPS02, $12.95)

In Patagonia

In Patagonia

by Bruce Chatwin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There's no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin. (PAT01, $16.00)

Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

by Marcelo D. Beccaceci

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 124 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An informative photographic journey through the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia. Featuring 120 color photographs, presented in Spanish and English. (PAT22, $24.95)

South America Map

South America Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A colorful fold-up, double-sided map of the entire continent at a scale of 1:4,000,000. (SAM13, $13.95)

 
Buenos Aires Map

Buenos Aires Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated street map of Buenos Aires and surroundings at a scale of 1:15,000. (ARG38, $8.95)

Cataratas del Iguazu

Cataratas del Iguazu


by de Dios

  • MAP

This foldup, laminated card shows seven maps of the falls, Puerto Iguazu, park and region. (ARG100, $5.95)

Lake District, Araucania: Argentina & Chile

Lake District, Araucania: Argentina & Chile


by Zagier & Urruty Maps

  • 2002
  • MAP

This regional map (1:400,00) covers the mid-section of Chile and Argentina from Bariloche across to Puerto Montt and Temuco. (PAT59, $14.95)

Rio de Janeiro Map

Rio de Janeiro Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

With an index, inset maps and points of interest. (BZL25, $7.95)

Santiago & Central Chile Map

Santiago & Central Chile Map


by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A travel map of Santiago, shown at a scale of 1:12,500 including an inset of the subway system. Plus, on the reverse, a map of central Chile at a scale of 1:750,000 with an inset of Easter Island. (CHI34, $11.95)

Culture Smart! Argentina

Culture Smart! Argentina


by Robert Hamwee

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (ARG63, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Brazil

Culture Smart! Brazil


by Sandra Branco

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (BZL54, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Chile

Culture Smart! Chile


by Caterina Perrone

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (CHI74, $9.95)

Insight Guide Chile

Insight Guide Chile


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

This glossy guide provides a full-color introduction by a team of experts to the land, people, history and attractions of Chile. Brief background essays highlight important topics. With many local and regional maps. (CHI03, $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)

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook


by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (PGL34, $8.99)

Chilean Wine: The Heritage, a Journey from the Origins of the Vine to the Present

Chilean Wine: The Heritage, a Journey from the Origins of the Vine to the Present


by Rodrigo Alvarado

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 206 PAGES

Alvarado does justice to the long winemaking tradition of Chile in this narrative, which explores the history of Chile's vineyards and wine production. Ideal for anyone on the path to becoming a connoisseur, or interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this long-standing tradition in Chile. (CHI65, $39.95)

Tasting Chile, A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines

Tasting Chile, A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines


by Daniel Joelson

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 269 PAGES

With recipes from restaurants and home chefs across Chile, this compilation is a great introduction to Chilean cuisine, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in trying out Chilean traditional dishes at home. Includes information on pairing wines with dishes, and a basic overview of wine producers and varieties in Chile. (CHI64, $17.00)

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History


by Jason Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions. (ARG21, $15.00)

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830


by Robert Harvey

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 561 PAGES

Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence. (SAM35, $18.95)

Modern Latin America

Modern Latin America


by Thomas E. Skidmore | Peter Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 465 PAGES

A succinct history of 20th-century Latin America that examines the politics, economy and people of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean. (SAM23, $69.95)

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro


by Ruy Castro

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Castro brings journalistic insight to this marvelous portrait of Rio, its history, diverse culture and contemporary challenges. (BZL42, $16.95)

Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story

Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story


by Simon Collier

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A spirited, illustrated tribute to the tango, the now-elegant dance born in the brothels among the working class of 19th-century Buenos Aires. (ARG14, $29.95)

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego. (SAM02, $17.00)

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron


by Nicholas Fraser

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 222 PAGES

Separating fact from myth, Fraser traces Evita's life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s. (ARG03, $15.95)

Far Away and Long Ago

Far Away and Long Ago


by W.H. Hudson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Hudson's enthralling childhood remembrances are rich with descriptions of the landscapes, birds and nature of Argentina. (SAM11, $34.95)

My Invented Country

My Invented Country


by Isabel Allende

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Novelist Allende ruminates on her upbringing in Chile, interweaving memories of South America with her feelings for the United States, where she has lived since the assassination of her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, on September 11, 1973. (CHI52, $13.99)

Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile

Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile


by Sara Wheeler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

British author Sara Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue. (CHI06, $15.00)

Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Jill Gibian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers. (ARG97, $14.95)

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Alexis Levitin

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The latest in the excellent series, the diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including greats like Jorge Amado and Machado de Assis as well as newcomers. (BZL83, $14.95)

Chile, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Chile, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Katherine Silver

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers. (CHI38, $14.95)

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands


by Jorge Amado

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

The best known novel by Brazil's much loved author. Amado spins a satiric tale of a young cooking teacher in Salvador, Bahia, who is haunted by her first husband, a philandering ne'er do well who dropped dead at carnival. (BZL35, $15.95)

Labyrinths, Selected Stories and Other Writings

Labyrinths, Selected Stories and Other Writings


by Jorge Borges

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

The best known work by this extraordinary Argentinian writer. Sometimes bizarre, always hilarious and thought-provoking, this dazzling collection of stories is well worth the effort. (ARG09, $15.95)

Night Flight

Night Flight


by Antoine de Saint Exupery

  • LITERATURE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 87 PAGES

Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires. (PAT09, $12.00)

A Wildlife Guide to Chile

A Wildlife Guide to Chile


by Sharon Chester

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica. (CHI77, $19.95)

Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica

Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


by Martin D. la Pena | Maurice Rumboll

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide. (SAM12, $29.95)

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