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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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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)

Belize, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Belize, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

An all-around field guide featuring color illustrations of 200 birds, 50 mammals, 150 coral reef creatures and 80 reptiles and amphibians. (BLZ04, $29.95)

Moon Handbook Belize

Moon Handbook Belize

by Chicki Mallan | Josh Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

A superb travel guide, featuring a chapter on Tikal, photographs, sketch maps and recommendations on where to go and what to do. (BLZ05, $19.99)

Belize Adventure Map

Belize Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • MAP

A travel map of Belize, bordering Guatemala, at a scale of 1:400,000 showing all the national parks, including Tikal, and good topographical relief. Features an inset of Belize City. (CAM21, $11.95)

 
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)

Belize in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture

Belize in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture


by Ian Peedle

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 100 PAGES

A brief, authoritative guide to the history, cultural heritage, politics and economy of Belize. With maps, photographs and some travel information, it's an excellent synopsis from an unabashedly left-leaning perspective, strong on facts. (BLZ13, $12.95)

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)

How to Cook a Tapir

How to Cook a Tapir


by Joan Fry

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

The coming-of-age memoir by Joan Fry, a young newlywed, who moves with her anthropologist husband to the jungles of Belize. Her introspective account is interwoven with stories, portraits of locals and traditional recipes. (BLZ22, $16.95)

Life in the Treetops, Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology

Life in the Treetops, Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology


by Margaret Lowman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

The sprightly memoir of an ecologist who climbs, studies and sleeps in trees for a living, balancing multiple roles of scientist, wife and mom. Margaret Lowman, a pioneer in the ecology of forest tree canopies, continues her story in a second memoir (written with her now-grown sons). (AMZ57, $13.95)

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)

The Festival of San Joaquin

The Festival of San Joaquin


by Zee Edgell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

Set among the mestizo of rural Belize, this novel by Belize's first writer to gain international attention gives a moving portrait of peasant life. (BLZ25, $12.00)

The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird

The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird


by Bruce Barcott

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

The gripping tale of Sharon Matola's six-year campaign to stop a dam that would flood the forest home of Belize's last scarlet macaws. (BLZ20, $16.00)

Travelers' Tales Central America

Travelers' Tales Central America


by Larry Habegger | Natanya Pearlman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

Organized thematically with contributions set in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, this collection of eyewitness reports includes Joan Didion, P.J. O'Rourke and Paul Theroux. (CAM96, $17.95)

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)

Jaguar, One Man's Struggle to Establish the World's First Jaguar Preserve

Jaguar, One Man's Struggle to Establish the World's First Jaguar Preserve


by Alan Rabinowitz

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES

In this vivid portrait of conservation in Central America, Rabinowitz weaves personal tales of his own research and adventures with a chronicle of his successful efforts to establish a jaguar reserve in Belize. (BLZ11, $40.00)

Belize Birds

Belize Birds


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

Dozens of birds are illustrated in color in this 14-panel fold-up pocket field guide. (BLZ27, $7.95)

Belize Field Guide

Belize Field Guide


by Mark Wainwright

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

Mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are all included in this fold-up pocket field guide. (BLZ26, $7.95)

Belize Marine Life

Belize Marine Life


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

Reef and sport fish, marine mammals and turtles are all illustrated in this fold-up pocket field guide. (BLZ28, $7.95)

Birds of Belize

Birds of Belize


by H. Lee Jones | Dana Gardner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

A complete guide to the birds of Belize, 573 species in all, featuring 56 color plates and 234 range maps. (BLZ16, $34.95)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

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