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Baja: Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching

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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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Essential Reading Package-EXBJA100

BAJA CALIFORNIA. Buy these 5 items as a set for $73 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

BJA02
John Steinbeck
Penguin
1995
288
0140187448
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California

BJA01
Joseph Wood Krutch
University of Arizona Press
1986
277
0816509875
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A classic portrait and celebration of the plants, landscapes and history of Baja. Naturalist Ann Zwinger called this book "a delightful narrative of natural history exploration at its best." It's a classic.
$19.95

Baja, Sea of Cortez Marine Mammal Guide

BJA62
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2012
1888538392
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, laminated field guide illustrating the whales, dolphins and other marine mammals of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific coast of Baja.
$7.25

Moon Handbook Baja

BJA09
Nikki Goth Itoi
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
400
1631214063
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Packed with maps, charts and photographs, this guide combines practical advice with chapters on natural history.
$21.99

Baja California Map

BJA13
ITMB
ITMB
2010
1
1553415434
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$10.95

Baja Califonia Adventure Map, Two-pack, North and South

BJA67
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Maps
2009
4
1597752231
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Together these two National Geographic Adventure Maps cover all of Baja California and surrounding islands at a scale of 1:450,000. We also carry the North (Item BJA65) and South (Item BJA66) Adventure Maps separately.
$19.95

Baja California South Adventure Map

BJA66
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
1566952441
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this detailed map covers Baja from Santa Rosalia south.
$11.95

Baja California Missions, In the Footsteps of the Padres

BJA79
David Burckhalter
University of Arizona Press
2013
184
0816521190
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With gorgeous photographs and useful descriptions that include both historical backgrounds and contemporary driving directions, Baja California Missions is both a photography book and a guidebook.
$24.95

Baja Legends

BJA81
Greg Niemann
Sunbelt
2014
261
0932653472
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Regional expert Niemann collects and shares the colorful history and lore of Baja California in this engaging, easy-to-read reference book.
$17.95

Baja's Wild Side

BJA86
Daniel Cartamil
Sunbelt
2017
101
1941384323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
On a journey up the Pacific coast of Baja California, biologist Daniel Cartamil showcases some excellent photographs and field notes on Baja's flora and fauna. He reveals the stark beauty of the peninsula's landscape: empty coastline, stovepipe cacti, sandstone cliffs, prehistoric cave art and more.
$19.95

The Labyrinth of Solitude

MEX08
Octavio Paz
Grove Press
1985
398
080215042X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable.
$17.00

Miraculous Air

BJA34
C. M. Mayo
Milkweed Editions
2007
368
1571313044
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

The Desert Year

USW652
Joseph Wood Krutch
University of Iowa Press
2010
272
1587299011
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Joseph Wood Krutch celebrates the austere beauty, rugged plants and many animals of American Southwest in this classic account of his first year in Arizona, winner of the 1954 John Burroughs Medal for a Distinguished Book of Natural History -- and as enchanting today. With 33 original illustrations by Rudolf Freund.
$19.95

The Whales Know, Travels Along the Baja California Peninsula

CAL338
Pina Cacucci
Haus Publishing
2014
180
1907973885
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A humorous and humble travelogue by writer-explorer Cacucci. He travels the length of Baja California revisiting sites seen by John Steinbeck, but becomes enamored with all things whale.
$19.95

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez

BJA78
Peter Benchley
Ballantine Books
2013
240
0345544137
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A heartwarming, eco-conscious novel about a young woman and her sixth-sense for ocean wildlife. Benchley’s protagonist, Paloma, discovers a secret ocean animal in a sea full of beauty, danger and adventure. First published in 1983.
$15.00

A Natural History of California

CAL431
Allan A. Schoenherr
University of California Press
2017
735
0520290372
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Abundantly illustrated, this natural history takes California apart, region by region, telling about its variety of landforms, habitats and wildlife. This updated second edition features new species, park details, information on the impacts of a changing climate on the state and new stories about people's interactions with the wild.
$44.95

Oasis of Stone

BJA60
Bruce Berger, Miguel Angel de la Cueva (Photographer)
Sunbelt
2007
208
0916251764
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Baja in 180 gorgeous color photographs and marvelously informative essays.
$49.95

Telling Our Way to the Sea

BJA77
Aaron Hirsh
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2014
416
1250050316
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Biologist and director of the Vermilion Sea Field Station, Aaron Hirsh recounts his adventures underwater and among the islands of the Sea of Cortez with biologist wife Veronica Volny, historian friend Graham Burnett and students in this series of wondrous essays.
$18.00

The Whale

BST144
Philip Hoare
Ecco Press
2011
256
0061976202
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick, but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.
$15.99

The Wild Edge, Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast, A Photographic Journey

USW811
Florian Schulz
Mountaineers
2015
240
0898867738
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
In beautiful photographs, this coffee table book exposes the great Pacific seam of North America, that wondrous stretch of coastline that stretches from the Baja peninsula to the inlets of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska's Beaufort Sea.
$39.95

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes, From Alaska to California

USW815
Larry G. Allen, Luiz A. Rocha, Valerie A. Kells
Johns Hopkins University Press
2016
376
1421418320
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Capturing the stunning variety of fish common to the coastlines of the western USA and Canada, this illustrated, scientific field guide profiles 700 species with over 950 illustrations. Descriptions detail range, distribution and taxonomy.
$25.00

Baja California Plant Field Guide

BJA05
Norman C. Roberts, Jon Rebman
Sunbelt
2012
452
0916251187
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.95

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

BJA31
I Greenberg
Seahawk Press
2000
LB-1107
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, full-color waterproof card.
$7.50

Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the US Pacific

PNW343
Kate Wynne
Sea Grant
2015
138
1566121760
FLEXI-BOUND
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Designed for professional and casual observer alike, this identification guide profiles all US Pacific species of whale, dolphin, porpoise, seal, manatee and sea turtle with images and carefully written descriptions. Winner of a National Outdoor Book Award.
$28.00

Mexico Field Guide, Baja California Sea and Shore Birds

MEX174
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2002
1888538368
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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)
$8.50

Mexico Pacific Marine Guide, Pacific Coast

MEX324
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2014
1888538074
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect identifying marine animals on Mexico’s Pacific, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color illustrations. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
$7.95

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2011
576
1426208286
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.95

The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez

BJA69
Stewart Aitchison
University of Arizona Press
2010
120
0816527741
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Edge of the Sea of Cortez, Tidewalker's Guide to the Upper Gulf of California

BJA72
Marilyn Malone, Betty Hupp
Marilyn Malone
2009
101
069255467X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A photoguide to identifying intertidal creatures of the beaches of Sonora and Baja California. With five hundred full-color photos and illustrations.
$29.00

More Books

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals

BJA06
Daniel W. Gotshall
Sea Challengers
2005
112
093011826X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy photographic guide to common fishes and marine invertebrates from Baja to Panama.
$24.95

Moon Handbook Los Cabos

MEX143
Nikki Goth Itoi
Avalon Travel Publishing
2013
300
1598801791
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A great resource for the independent traveler, this guidebook features a good introduction to land, history and culture, as well as practical detail on getting around, where to go, and where to stay.
$17.99

A Traveller's History of Mexico

MEX172
Kenneth Pearce
Interlink Publishing Group
2003
416
1566565235
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed Mexican history book marches confidently through the 1990s with useful chronology and historical gazetteer.
$14.95

The Camino Real and the Missions of Baja Califonia

BJA68
Miguel Leon-Portilla (Introduction)
Sunbelt
2008
32
6079500809
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
The accordion-style pages of this innovative book foldout to reveal an exquisitely detailed six foot long satellite map of the Peninsula. With photos and detailed information about the missions, brief biographies of key figures and essays on biodiversity, geology, history and missions of Baja California. Spanish and English.
$40.00

Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast

PNW279
Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, Sophie Webb
University of California Press
2011
624
0520265459
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.95

Plant Life of a Desert Archipelago, Flora of the Sonoran Islands in the Gulf of California

BJA74
Richard S. Felger
University of Arizona Press
2012
748
0816502439
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Ben Wilder and Richard Felger co-authored this monumental flora of Islas Tiburon, San Esteban, San Pedro Nolasco, Datil, and Alcatraz, Baja California's Sonoroan Islands. With 216 color photographs and 452 illustrations.
$70.00

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California

CAL383
Brian E. Small (Photographer), Alvaro Jaramillo
Independent Publishers Group
2015
352
1935622501
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
The ABA’s daypack-sized guide to more than 300 endemic and migratory species found in The Golden State. Each species is presented with 450 color photos, clear descriptions and spotting tips.
$24.95

Wines of Baja California: Touring and Tasting Mexico's Undiscovered Treasures

BJA82
Amey, Ralph L.
Independent Publishers Group
2004
178
1891267655
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
An illustrated comprehensive guide to the wineries in Baja California complete with history, winemaker notes and fermentation techniques. Includes an index and general travel information for the region.
$19.95

Cooking with Baja Magic Dos

BJA83
Ann Hazard
Aa Balkema
2005
303
0965322343
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A savory cookbook for those who love Mexican cuisine, especially the Baja variety, featuring 255 recipes from the author’s kitchen and acclaimed Baja restaurants.
$14.95

Mexico, A Culinary Quest

MEX337
Ana Paula Gerard (Editor), Hossein Amirsadeghi
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
528
0500970823
HARD COVER
Food
9/19/2017
0
0
0
0
Distilling a personal, culinary journey into 100 profiles, this well-produced tribute to Mexican food looks at the country's original personalities and their tables, menus, local specialties and more with 1,000 commissioned photographs.
$60.00

For Kids

Whale (Eyewitness Books)

BST10
Frank Greenaway
DK Publishing
2004
72
0756607396
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
With 900 detailed illustrations, this slim book is a highly visual guide to cetaceans that will appeal to kids ages 9 to 12.
$16.99

Sweet Friday Island

BJA11
Theodore Taylor
Harcourt Books
1994
176
0152000127
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Set on an uninhabited island in the Sea of Cortez, this "stranded-on-a-desert-island-with-a-psycho" story is written for middle schoolers. It has enough suspense -- and local color -- to keep kids in grades 6-9 turning the pages.
$7.00

Spanish Flash Cards

GEN203
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2016
50
1780044658
BOXED
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A standard playing card-size deck of 50 nicely illustrated flashcards geared for younger children. Each card features a colorful illustration with the Spanish word on the reverse.
$8.99

The Tree is Older Than You Are, A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists

MEX90
Naomi Shihab Nye (Editor)
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1998
112
0689820879
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The anthology features Mexico's most famous literary figures, including Octavio Paz and Rosario Castellanos. It's an excellent introduction to Mexican culture and creativity for kids ages 10 and up.
$18.99

Shark Beneath the Reef

BJA54
Jean Craighead George
HarperCollins
1991
192
0064403084
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this suspenseful tale for middle schoolers Craighead George follows the fate of a 14-year-old fisherman's son in Baja California -- and the choice he must make whether to continue to go to school or go to sea.
$6.99

Heart and Salsa

MEX170
Suzanne Nelson
Puffin
2006
224
0142406473
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
In the sixth book in the Students Across the Seven Seas series, Cat is volunteering in Mexico and having a blast on her own.
$6.99

Face to Face With Whales

BST117
Flip Nicklin
2008
32
1426302444
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
National Geographic photographer Nicklin introduces youngsters to these intelligent, social creatures, their behavior and conservation, through stunning photographs and text.
$16.95

Face to Face With Dolphins

BST119
Flip Nicklin
2009
32
1426305494
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin and his wife Linda, a naturalist and educator, invite you to study the amazing behavior of dolphins in this illustrated overview for youngsters.
$6.95

Just a Minute! A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

MEX255
Yuyi Morales
Chronicle Books
2003
0811837580
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
What's a grandma supposed to do when a skeleton (death!) comes knocking on the door? Find out in this richly illustrated, entertaining introduction to Mexican culture and tradition.
$15.99

Who Was Jacques Cousteau?

CAL369
Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), Dede Putra, Nico Medina
Penguin Putnam
2015
112
0448482347
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
With fun illustrations, this chapter book biography introduces young readers to legendary deep sea diver Jacques Cousteau.
$5.99

Let's Explore... Desert

DES16
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786573148
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

Sylvia & Aki

CAL459
Winifred Conkling
Yearling Publishing
2013
151
158246345X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Written for ages 9 to 12, this middle-grade novel is set on a Southern California farm, where the lives of two young girls intersect and change the country forever. Based on the true events surrounding the "Mendez vs. Westminster School District" case about school desegregation.
$6.99