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Costa Rica

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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-EXCRC83

COSTA RICA. Buy these 5 items as a set for $105 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

CRC03
Barbara Ras
Whereabouts Press
1994
238
1883513006
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
$14.95

Wild Costa Rica

CRC69
Adrian Hepworth
MIT Press
2008
176
0262083833
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.95

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

CRC77
Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid
Cornell University Press
2010
360
0801476100
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. With exquisite full-color illustrations for each.
$29.95

National Geographic Costa Rica

CRC26
Christopher P. Baker
National Geographic
2013
272
1426211635
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.
$22.95

Costa Rica Adventure Map

CAM22
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2008
2
1566953146
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
$11.95

Culture Smart! Costa Rica

CRC45
Jane Koutnik
Kuperard
2012
168
1857333241
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

A Brief History of Central America

CAM49
Hector Perez-Brignoll
University of California Press
1989
223
0520068327
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The Ticos

CRC32
Richard Biesanz
1999
307
1555877370
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
1
0
This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society.
$24.50

Costa Rican Natural History

CAM05
Daniel Janzen
University of Chicago Press
1983
832
0226393348
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$62.00

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

CAM56
David Rains Wallace
2007
280
1595340408
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

The New Neotropical Companion

GPS11
J.C. Kricher, Mark Plotkin (Introduction)
Princeton University Press
2017
448
0691115257
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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. A revised second edition.
$35.00

Tropical Nature

GPS13
Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Scribner
1984
248
0684187108
PAPER
Natural History
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

CRC42
Susan Fogdon, Michael Fogdon (Photographer)
Ralph Curtis Publishing
2005
144
0883590573
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Arranged by family groups, this pocket field guide to 250 common birds includes color photos, identification notes and range maps.
$15.95

Costa Rica Birds

CRC56
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
1583553398
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated fold-up card with full-color illustrations of birds commonly found in Costa Rica. Great for kids, too.
$7.95

Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths

CRC57
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
1583553401
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$7.95

Costa Rica Wildlife Guide

CRC51
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2010
1888538120
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A richly colored fold-out, 14-panel laminated plastic card featuring beautifully rendered illustrations of the assortment of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, butterflies and primates found in Costa Rica.
$8.50

Costa Rica, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

CRC11
Les Beletsky
Interlink Publishing Group
2004
448
1566565294
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This handy field guide features 350 color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. With chapters on habitats, parks and conservation.
$29.95

Costa Rican Wildlife

CRC24
Pocket Naturalist
Waterford Press
2013
1583550739
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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), $6.95 each.
$7.95

Mammals of Costa Rica

CRC37
Fiona Reid
Fiona Reid
2003
28
1894754018
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A palm-sized guide to 65 native mammals, with handsome full-color illustrations and helpful descriptions. Includes a map, viewing tips and a checklist.
$7.00

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide

GPS12
L.H. Emmons
University of Chicago Press
1997
298
0226207218
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South America features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
$49.00

The Birds of Costa Rica

CRC53
Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
Cornell University Press
2014
425
0801479886
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica

CRC55
Willow Zuchowski
Cornell University Press
2007
529
0801473748
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Organized by habitat, this photo guide to 400 species has chapters on popular destinations, including Monteverde and Tortuguero.
$35.00

More Books

Costa Rica's National Parks and Reserves

CAM04
Joseph Franke
Mountaineers
2009
272
1594850356
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With trails, maps and travel details for 46 parks and reserves from Guanacaste to Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero and La Amistad.
$21.95

Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish

CAM06
Joseph Keenan
University of Texas Press
2015
240
0292761937
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor.
$19.95

A Naturalist in Costa Rica

CAM09
Alexander Skutch
University Press of Florida
1992
382
0813011485
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A warm account of living and studying ornithology in the Pacific hills of Costa Rica over the last 35 years at what is now Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Skutch died on his ranch in 2004 just short of his 100th birthday.
$24.95

A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

CRC05
F. Gary Stiles, Alexander Skutch, Dana Gardner (Illustrator)
Cornell University Press
1989
511
0801496004
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A masterfully researched and comprehensive field guide to the birds of Costa Rica, including an overview of geography, habitats and avifauna. Covers 800 species and features 52 color plates.
$39.95

Moon Handbook Costa Rica

CRC06
Christopher P. Baker
Avalon Travel Publishing
2015
600
1631211390
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Christopher Baker’s thorough introduction to Costa Rica is a terrific resource for independent and nature-oriented travelers.
$22.99

Rough Guide Costa Rica

CRC13
Jean McNeil
Rough Guides
2014
496
1409347885
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An opinionated, thorough travel guide with region-by-region descriptions.
$24.99

Lonely Planet Costa Rica

CRC19
Mara Vorhees
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
544
1786571129
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Costa Rica features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information.
$24.99

Lonely Planet Costa Rican Spanish Phrasebook

CRC25
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
256
1786574179
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
$9.99

Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica

CRC27
Carrol Henderson, Alexander Skutch (Introduction)
University of Texas Press
2002
560
029273459X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive photographic guide to 300 commonly encountered and unusual species of birds, mammals and other wildlife, with a good overview of the geographic setting and natural history of the region.
$39.95

Costa Rica in Focus

CRC28
Tjabel Daling
Interlink Publishing Group
2002
82
1566563976
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise guide to the people, politics, economy and culture of Costa Rica. The author explores the history of democracy since the abolition of the army in 1948; the economic doldrums of the 1980s; and the impact of tourism.
$12.95

Travelers' Tales Central America

CAM96
Larry Habegger (Editor), Natanya Pearlman (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2001
277
1885211740
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics

CRC40
Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)
Duke
2004
392
0822333724
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica
$28.95

Eyewitness Guide Costa Rica

CRC43
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
328
1465441158
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide, divided geographically, features color photographs, dozens of excellent maps and a strong focus on wildlife.
$25.00

Costa Rica, An Ecotraveller's Guide

CRC46
Hannah Robinson
Interlink Publishing Group
2006
298
1566566177
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A full-color, illustrated guide to parks, wildlife reserves and outdoor activities in Costa Rica.
$23.95

Bradt Guide Costa Rica

CRC47
Larissa Banting
Bradt Publications
2006
320
184162134X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide in the popular Bradt series.
$23.95

The Mammals of Costa Rica, A Natural History and Field Guide

CRC54
Oscar Arias (Introduction), Mark Wainwright
Cornell University Press
2007
454
0801473756
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
From jaguars to howler monkeys, this guide covers the fascinating and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica and the tropics.
$29.95

Forgotten Continent

SAM123
Michael Reid
Yale University Press
2009
400
0300151209
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization.
$26.00

A Bird-Finding Guide to Costa Rica

CRC73
Barrett Lawson
Cornell University Press
2009
360
0801475848
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With bird lists, directions, descriptions and lodges for 53 sites in Costa Rica.
$29.95

Monteverde, Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest

CRC76
Nalini Nadkarni (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2000
573
0195133102
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This collection of scholarly review articles, a comprehensive natural history of the cloud forest includes checklists of orchids and other plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
$94.50

Lonely Planet Discover Costa Rica

CRC81
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
342
1786570017
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Focusing on must-see and memorable places and experiences, this all-color guide by the discerning editors at Lonely Planet features hundreds of color photographs and maps.
$24.99

For Kids

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World

FST04
Kathryn Lasky, Christopher Knight (Photographer)
Gulliver
1997
48
0152008977
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A tropical botanist and her sons climb among the ropes and walkways of a rainforest canopy in this photographic odyssey. For ages 9-12.
$9.99

Eyewitness Jungle

FST06
Theresa Greenaway, Geoff Dann (Photographer)
DK Publishing
2009
63
0756645441
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Geared for ages 9 to 12, the hundreds of eye-popping photographs of birds, monkeys, towering trees, orchids and all manner of rainforest life will also appeal to the whole family.
$16.99

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

Tortillas y Cancioncitas/ Tortillas and Lullabies

CRC36
Lynn Reiser, Corazones Valientes (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
2008
40
0060891858
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A bilingual portrait of life in a Costa Rican family, written for young children ages 4-8. Brightly colored folk paintings by a Costa Rican women artists' collective (Corazones Valientes) illustrate the text.
$6.99

Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks

OCE99
Kenneth Mallory
Houghton Mifflin Company
2002
48
0618250794
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An excellent illustrated account of marine biologist Pete Klimley and his work with sharks. The author accompanied a team (including IMAX photographers) to Cocos Island off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, famous for its schooling hammerheads.
$9.99

Nancy Drew, The Scarlet Macaw Scandal

CRC50
Carolyn Keene
Aladdin Books
2004
160
0689868448
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Nancy and her friends head for Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park to relax and study monkeys when they stumble upon, naturally, a mystery to be solved.
$5.99

Culture and Customs of Costa Rica

CRC82
Chalene Helmuth
Greenwood
2008
164
0313360901
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A superlative introduction to the uniqueness of modern Costa Rica in Latin America and its religion, social customs, media, literature, and arts.
$22.00

Costa Rica

CRC84
Elizabeth Raum
Heinemann
2011
48
1432952234
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
$9.95