Suggested Reading List
Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Barbara Ras
Description: 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
Costa Rican Wildlife
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: Put it in your pocket! 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), $5.95 each.
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: This fold-up, laminated card guide, with color drawings, will appeal to the whole family.
Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
Author: David Horwell, Pete Oxford
Description: With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago.
Galapagos, A Natural History
Author: Michael Jackson
Description: This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading, the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution.
Galapagos, A Novel
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Description: In this madcap classic Vonnegut looks back from a future where the human race has been wiped out - all except for a small group stranded in the Galapagos on the Nature Cruise of the Century.
Galapagos, Discovery on Darwin's Islands
Author: David Steadman
Description: All the birds, mammals, reptiles and other vertebrates of the Galapagos are beautifully illustrated in this insightful overview, offered as a bonus book in the Galapagos Essential Reading package for just $1.00!.
Galapagos, World's End
Author: William Beebe
Description: This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.
Insight Guide Ecuador and Galapagos
Author: Insight Guides
Description: Presenting the natural history, politics, culture, wildlife and attractions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with style and authority. Contributors include Tui de Roy (Galapagos photography), Lynn Meisch (arts, crafts and customs) and Rob Rachoweicki (Oriente/Amazon).
Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830
Author: Robert Harvey
Description: Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.
Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Grossman (Translator)
Description: A glorious tale of great love consummated after 50 years, nine months and four days, memorably set in a dusty 19th-century town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
Maya Art and Architecture
Author: Mary Ellen Miller
Description: An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Maya artistic influence. With 200 illustrations, 50 in color, including site plans, maps, strikingly rendered reconstructions and color photographs of key temples and buildings.
Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
Author: Dennis Tedlock (Editor)
Description: The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya.
The Beak of the Finch
Author: Jonathan Weiner
Description: This Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an accessible look at the modern debate on the mode and rhythm of evolution, using the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their field work on Daphne Major as an example.
The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction
Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Restall
Description: This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.
Author: Michael Coe
Description: The eighth edition of Coe's clear, concise and authoritative, illustrated survey of the Maya.
The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
Author: David Rains Wallace
Description: Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace then 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.
The Panama Hat Trail
Author: Tom Miller
Description: An entertaining and insightful social history of Ecuador -- as told through its hat-making history. It's a classic example of travel writing, and one of the best things written on Ecuador.
The Path Between the Seas, The Creation of the Panama Canal: 1870-1914
Author: David McCullough
Description: Admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail. McCullough reveals the full scope of the Panama Canal, its characters, technical difficulties and Byzantine politics.
The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide
Author: Zona Tropical Publications
Description: 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full color illustrations by Fiona Reid (mammals), Robert Dean (birds) and friends.
Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico
Author: Ronald Wright
Description: Wright combines journalism, archaeology and an ear for dialogue in this engaging account of travels among the contemporary Maya.
Author: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Description: A lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its 17 marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.
Voyage of the Beagle
Author: Charles Darwin
Description: The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.