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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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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 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, 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)

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 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 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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

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)

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)

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 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, 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)

Guide to the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica

Guide to the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica


by Massachussetts Audubon Society

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 8 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Nearly 100 species of plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals are illustrated in this colorful six-panel laminated guide. (CRC80, $4.95)

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)

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)

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)

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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