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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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The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

by Stewart Aitchison

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

A biologist, geologist and naturalist on expedition cruises in the region, Stewart Aitchison brings experience -- and a large photo library -- to this well illustrated natural history. (BJA69, $15.95)

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

by John Steinbeck

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The classic account of a collecting trip to the Sea of Cortez with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, first published in 1941. Subtitled "A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research," this much-loved book captures the wonders of the Gulf of California and the joys of discovery. (BJA02, $16.00)

Oasis of Stone

Oasis of Stone

by Bruce Berger | Miguel Angel de la Cueva

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

The geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Baja in 180 gorgeous color photographs and marvelously informative essays. (BJA60, $49.95)

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja

by Tamara Eder

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Photographs, maps, identification and natural history are all covered in this handy guide featuring color illustrations by Ian Sheldon. (BJA52, $12.95)

Moon Handbook Baja

Moon Handbook Baja

by Nikki Goth Itoi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 485 PAGES

Packed with maps, charts and photographs, this handy guide combines practical advice with chapters on natural history. (BJA09, $19.99)

 
Baja California Map

Baja California Map


by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

Including the Sea of Cortez and adjoining Sonora coast at a scale of 1:650,000, this handy map is also printed on waterproof paper. (BJA13, $10.95)

Baja California North Adventure Map

Baja California North Adventure Map


by

  • 2009
  • MAP

Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this detailed, informative map by National Geographic covers all of Baja California Norte and surrounding islands at a scale of 1:450,000. (BJA65, $11.95)

Baja California South Adventure Map

Baja California South Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2009
  • MAP

Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this detailed map covers Baja from Santa Rosalia south. (BJA66, $11.95)

Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California

Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California


by Bruce Berger

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A poet and aficionado with an irrepressible sense of humor, Berger combines anecdote, history and research to bring the deserts, towns and eccentric personalities of Baja to life. (BJA15, $17.95)

Miraculous Air

Miraculous Air


by C. M. Mayo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Like Steinbeck (from whom she quotes in the title "the very air here is miraculous"), Mayo is enchanted with the land and people of Baja. She writes of a 1,000-mile journey from Cabo to Tijuana with insight, warmth and style. (BJA34, $15.00)

Eye of the Whale, Epic Passage From Baja to Siberia

Eye of the Whale, Epic Passage From Baja to Siberia


by Dick Russell

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Epic in scope, this absorbing, first-person account follows the migration of the gray whale from the lagoons along the Pacific coast of Baja to the summer feeding grounds in Alaska. (BJA32, $37.50)

Ocean Oasis

Ocean Oasis


by Soames Summerhays

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • DVD

Produced by Lindblad naturalist Summerhays in conjunction with the San Diego Natural History Museum, this IMAX film features eye-popping footage of both the desert landscapes and underwater scenes of the invertebrates, fish and especially the whales of Baja California. (BJA53, $14.99)

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California


by Joseph Wood Krutch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

A classic, leisurely account of the plants, landscapes and history of Lower California. (BJA01, $19.95)

Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California

Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California


by Ron McPeak

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 99 PAGES

A field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Baja California, featuring color photographs. (BJA27, $20.95)

Baja California Plant Field Guide

Baja California Plant Field Guide


by Norman C. Roberts | Jon Rebman

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

We can't imagine a walk through the deserts and islands of Baja California without this book in hand. With hundreds of color photographs illustrating 715 plants of the region, this superb field guide also includes short introductory chapters on vegetation, geology and climate. This expanded third edition was revised by Jon Rebman, botanist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. (BJA05, $34.95)

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated field guide illustrating the whales, dolphins and other marine mammals of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific coast of Baja. (BJA62, $5.95)

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast


by Sarah G. Allen | Joe Mortenson | Sophie Webb

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Sophie Webb, director of Oikinos, contributes the exquisite paintings for this outstanding field guide, the 100th in the California Natural History Guides series, perfect for the Sea of Cortez. (PNW279, $28.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, full-color waterproof card. (BJA31, $7.50)

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PLASTIC CARD

This beautifully illustrated, double-sided laminated card depicts 60 commonly encountered birds of coastal Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. We also carry the Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide plastic card. (Item BJA62) (MEX174, $6.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals


by Daniel W. Gotshall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A handy photographic guide to common fishes and marine invertebrates from Baja to Panama. (BJA06, $24.95)

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