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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

Costa Rica Travel Map

CRC100
Toucan Maps
Toucan Maps
2015
1
097637336X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Perfect for exploring Costa Rica by car or bus, this map depicts all of the country's major roadways with driving distances, full indexes and insets of major cities. Double-sided, printed on waterproof paper and scaled at 1:470,000.
$12.95

Costa Rica, The Complete Guide

CRC87
James Kaiser
Destination Press
2015
496
1940754003
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From pristine beaches and jungle waterfalls to high-altitude coffee plantations, award-winning author and photographer Kaiser shows readers the best of Costa Rica, including the country's stunning collection of national parks.
$22.99

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

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 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

National Parks of Costa Rica

CRC98
Gregory Basco
Comstock
2015
304
0801454018
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Moving from its giant mangroves to cloud forests, tropical dry forest and sea turtle nesting sites, this photographic collection celebrates Costa Rica’s extensive national park system, which comprises 25 percent of Costa Rica’s total landmass.
$50.00

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond

CRC67
Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction)
Cornell University Press
2008
200
0801474752
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
$29.95

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

Tropical Nature

GPS13
Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Scribner
1984
248
0684187108
PAPER
Natural History
1
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

Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed, Ever-Evolving Costa Rica

CRC102
Jack Ewing
PixyJack Press
2015
290
1936555557
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Renowned environmentalist Jack Ewing explores the natural history of Costa Rica in this conservation study, telling why the country is so unique, why he founded a national wildlife refuge and why the tapir and jaguar still might return to the southwest coast.
$22.95

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 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 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

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

Photo Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

CRC99
Richard Garrigues
Comstock
2015
264
1501700251
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This field guide treats 365 species commonly seen by birders (about 40 percent of Costa Rica’s bird population). Each profile includes color photos and distribution maps, plus the bird’s measurements, field marks, habitat and behavior, voice, status and distribution.
$24.95

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

Rain Forest

CRC101
National Geographic
National Geographic Video
1993
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
By filming leaf-cutting ants, water-walking lizards, howler monkeys and plenty of other South American creatures, National Geographic created this classic portrayal of the tropical rainforest. Runtime: 60 minutes.
$19.95

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

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

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

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

Insight Guide Costa Rica

CRC08
Paul Murphy
Insight Guides
2015
312
1780053606
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Thoroughly illustrated, this sturdy and informative guide features short essays on the natural history, culture and attractions of Costa Rica, hundreds of photographs and excellent local maps.
$23.99

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

Rough Guide Costa Rica

CRC13
Jean McNeil
Rough Guides
2017
464
0241280656
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

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

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 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 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

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

Frommer's EasyGuide to Costa Rica

CRC88
Frommer's
Frommer's
2016
320
1628872624
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
$14.95

Frommer's Costa Rica

CRC89
Eliot Greenspan
Frommer's
2016
640
1628873108
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, practical guide to the region with excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants and excursions. With two-color maps throughout.
$24.95

Moon Spotlight Arenal & Monteverde

CRC94
Christopher P. Baker
Avalon Travel Publishing
2015
100
1631212419
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Lake Arenal and Monteverde and the surrounding area.
$9.99

Costa Rica

CRC95
Mapas NaTurismo
Gardners Books
2010
1
3981126921
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A fold-up, two-sided map of Costa Rica that shows the entire country at 1:500,000 on one side and includes insets of San Jose (1:12,500), Arenal National Park (1:50,000), Poas Volcano National Park (1:50,000) and Tortuguero National Park (1:100,000) on th
$9.00

On the Edge, The State and Fate of the World's Tropical Rainforests

AMZ138
Thomas E. Lovejoy (Foreword), Claude Martin
Douglas & McIntyre
2015
279
1771641401
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, up-to-date report on the world’s rainforests. The work of eight experts, including world-renowned ecologist Claude Martin, elucidates deforestation challenges for the 21st century.
$32.95

Costa Rica Tropical Flowers

CRC96
Rainforest Publications
Rainforest Publications
2014
1888538449
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Perfect identifying trailside flora on walks, hikes and excursions, this 12-panel guide easily slips into a pocket. Full-color. Folded size: 3.5 x 8.75 inches. Unfolded size: 24 x 8.75 inches.
$8.50

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

Children's Travel Journal

GEN118
Adrienne Hartman (Illustrator), Anne Banks
Little Bookroom
2004
48
0964126206
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An inspired workbook and travel journal for children, spiral-bound and printed on heavy paper to accommodate lots of glue and watercolor. The book invites young travelers to get busy, alternating lined and unlined pages, with illustrations and suggestions throughout.
$19.95

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 Forest in the Clouds

CRC34
Sneed B. Collard III
Random House
2000
32
0881069868
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This slim introduction to Monteverde for readers ages 6 to 8 features Michael Rothman's richly detailed paintings.
$16.95

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

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

Rain Forest Coloring Book

AMZ124
Annika Bernhard
Dover Publications
1998
48
048640112X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A great way to occupy travelers ages 8 and up, these detailed line drawings realistically depict the South American rain forest and come ready to color!
$4.99

Costa Rica ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Costa Rica

CRC91
Sharon Katz Cooper
Capstone
2007
2007
1404822496
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An illustrated guide to Costa Rica for children covering everything from the resplendent Montverde Cloud Forest Reserve to the colorful Quetzals.
$27.99

A Little Book of Sloth

CRC93
Lucy Cooke
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2013
64
1442445572
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A frankly adorable collection of photographs all taken in Avarios Sloth Sanctuary, the world’s largest sloth orphanage in Costa Rica.
$17.99

Rain, Rain, Rain Forest

AMZ141
Brenda Z. Guiberson
Aa Balkema
2015
32
1250056772
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A vibrant, sensory introduction to the animals of the rainforest. When downpour wakes the creatures of the jungle they begin their wild cacophony. The narrative and fun facts are accompanied by colorful collage illustrations. Written for ages 4 to 8.
$7.99

Sloth Slept On

CRC97
Frann Preston-Gannon
Sterling Publishing Company
2015
32
1454916117
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
In this delightful children’s book, a group of youngsters happen upon a snoozing sloth and try to send him where he belongs. Never noticing the posters that a sloth has fled the zoo (albeit very slowly!) they finally address a package to "the rainforest." When it wakes up, this sloth is in for a BIG surprise! Written for ages 3 to 6.
$14.95

Let's Explore... Jungle

AMZ142
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
48
1760340383
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 deep into the jungle with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete. The colorful kids’ book includes over 250 stickers.
$9.99

What's Up in the Amazon Rainforest

AMZ143
Ginjer L. Clarke
Penguin Putnam
2015
144
0448481030
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Geared for ages 8-12, this informative science book uncovers the plants and animals of the Amazon Rainforest, including 500-year-old trees, pink dolphins, poison dart frogs, howler monkeys and many more!
$8.99