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Family Vacation: Costa Rica

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.
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Essential Reading Package-EXCRC75

Item EXCRC75. Buy these 5 items as a set for $83 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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 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

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.
$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

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

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

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

Costa Rica, Enchantment of the World

CRC18
Marion Morrison
Children's Press
2007
144
0516248847
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
FAMILY
Published for the library market, this comprehensive overview of the geography and people of Costa Rica for children ages 9-12 has much to offer the traveler, including illustrated descriptions of the nature, history, religion and economy of the country.
$39.00

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 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

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

In The Rain Forest Canopy

FST11
Sneed B. Collard III
Marshall Cavendish
2005
48
0761419543
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A book in the Science Adventures series for middle schoolers, In the Rain Forest Canopy follows the work and adventures of Nalini Nadkarni in the treetops of Monteverde.
$29.93

Fernando's Gift, El Regalo de Fernando

CRC49
Douglas Keister
Sierra Club Books
2001
32
0871569272
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
1
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This straightforward tale of a boy whose family must struggle to preserve their home in the Costa Rican rainforest is told in English and Spanish. With excellent full-color photographs.
$7.95

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