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Costa Rica - Pura Vida

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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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

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

The World Atlas of Coffee, From Beans to Brewing

REF57
James Hoffmann
Firefly Books
2014
288
1770854703
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
A global history of the addictive brown bean organized by country, with a look at regional techniques and traits, fair trade efforts and the role of colonialism. Includes colorful maps and photos.
$35.00

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

Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America

GEN462
Chris Bacon (Editor)
MIT Press
2008
400
0262524805
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
In this wide-ranging analysis, contributors review the historical, political, economic and agro-ecological processes of the coffee industry.
$34.00

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

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature

CRC68
Adrian Hepworth
Cornell University Press
2014
208
0801453062
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats.
$39.95

Monkeys are Made of Chocolate, Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica

CRC72
Jack Ewing
PixyJack Press
2005
224
0965809811
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Ewing, founder of Hacienda Baru in southern Costa Rica, weaves tales of the rainforest, wildlife, ecology and conservation in these 32 marvelous essays for the whole family.
$19.95

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

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

GEO02
Richard Fisher
Princeton University Press
1998
344
0691002495
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
$38.95

Amphibians of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

CRC103
Twan Leenders
Cornell University Press
2017
512
1501700626
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
The first in-depth field guide to all 206 species of frogs and toads common in Costa Rica. Each entry features photos, range maps, illustrations and precise descriptions.
$35.00

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, 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

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

CRC104
Susan Fogden
Bloomsbury USA
2017
144
1472932099
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Costa Rica depicts 250 of the country's most common birds with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

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 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

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 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 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

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

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

Into The Volcano

GEO39
Donna O'Meara
Hachette
2007
56
1553376935
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
O'Meara's lively, illustrated eyewitness accounts of adventures in volcanology include Arenal in Costa Rica, Kilauea in Hawaii and Stromboli off the coast of Italy. Geared for grades 5 to 8, this is a great introduction to volcanoes for the whole family.
$9.95