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The Travel Book
A Journey Through Every Country in the WorldWondering Where to Go Next? Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.  Bigger and better than ever (it's the second edition of the best-selling original by our friends at Lonely Planet), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world.  We've got this book on the top of our holiday gift guide for travelers.
Built to Last
A compilation of MacAulay's books Castle, Cathedral and Mosque with updated research and new color drawings. MacAulay tells the fictional but accurate stories of how these structures were built and explains their historical and cultural importance. Packed with wonderfully detailed illustrations, this book will appeal to all ages.
La Carolina Lodge, Costa Rica
Back From Costa Rica .... Darrel Schoeling Longitude Editor
Don't forget to bring your bird guide -- and appetite -- if you are heading to La Carolina Lodge on the flanks of Volcan Tenorio on Costa Rica's northern Caribbean slope (a short drive from Liberia or the Nicoya beach resorts). We saw two species of trogon, plenty of tanagers and many other birds, both at the Lodge and... on the well-maintained trails in the park. A working hacienda, La Carolina lodge is eco-friendly by tradition with meals for all, including ranch hands, made by Anna at a wood-burning stove, most of the food grown on the farm; illumination is by candle light; and the rustic-stone pool, heated by a wood fire and built alongside the river, is out of this world.
Country Driving, A Journey from Farm to Factory
ChinaAs astute as any observer on China with a gift for dialogue, Beijing-based Peter Hessler (River Town, Oracle Bones) shows the absurdity, humor and hope of China in this latest portrait of a nation catapulted into the modern world. Opening with an eventful 7,000-mile road trip along the Great Wall across Northern China, the book also continues with the tale of his time in Sancham, a small farming village, and closes with his time in the factory city of Lishui.
Usaquén, Bogotá, Colombia
I recently spent a couple of weeks in Bogotá in a further somewhat fruitless attempt to shove some workable spanish into my thickening middle-aged skull.  Well, ok, also just to have a good time.  Bogota is not quite what I expected: It's a vast, teeming metropolis — the size of the place was  a tad overwhelming even to this 25-yr Manhattanite.  The streets are very crowded, despite its reputation as bicycle forward, and the love of the middle-to-upper classes for shopping malls makes for an unusual urban mix.
The Longitude Blog
The Longitude Blog. Original. Authentic. Interesting people talking about travel books and places.
We've got a blog! We’ll be publishing A Favorite Place, kindly contributed by author and travel colleagues, a Book of the Week, reports from the field and more about travel books and places. We look forward to your comments -- and contributions.  Please let us know where you're heading -- and what your reading. With big thanks for all the support, Daniel Kaizer & Darrel Schoeling
Sacred Valley, Peru
Having run into Nadia LeBon at the New York Times Travel Show last winter (she is very persuasive), a small group of us headed to Peru last month for the lodge-to-lodge Santa Teresa trek, which Nadia and her husband Leo are promoting in the U.S. We were very well taken care of (more on that later). If, like me, you haven't been to Peru for a decade, you might be surprised at the superb food, reliable air connections and excellent lodging most everywhere. Lima is hopping. We stayed in the Barranco neighborhood at a mansion by the sea, home of artist Victor Delphin, run as a
Ankara, Turkey
Yes, I am back, but only after enacting every nightmare airport scenario known to modern civilization. The missing the flight and being told it would cost $8,000 dollars to rebook scenario. The four hour delay for a broken bathroom scenario. Yes, and of course, the mad dash through Heathrow as your flight is closing scenario (& this wasn’t even the 8,000 dollar flight).
Orkhon River, Mongolia
Jack Weatherford MongoliaThe glory of Mongolia, Jack Weatherford reminds us, “is best appreciated through not just the magnificence of their history and the grandeur of their music, but also in the splendor of the landscape.” If you are thinking of visiting -- and it is hard not to after reading his new book -- he kindly suggests this natural crossroads in central Mongolia. “In the spring, thousands of white cranes gather to mate along the Orkhon River north of Karakorum where clusters of wild irises bloom, while chunks of ice still float in the river.
Atlas of Remote Islands
Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will"

Even among our absurdly well traveled customers, friends and expedition leader colleagues, we're betting no one has been to nearly all 50 islands featured in Judith Schalansky's beguiling collection of maps and essays. If you've been to more than 14, drop us a line.