Suggested Reading List
A Brief History of Central America
Author: Hector Perez-Brignoll
Description: 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.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic
Description: A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Author: Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)
Description: A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica
Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature
Author: Adrian Hepworth
Description: 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.
Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Barbara Ras
Description: These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
Costa Rica, The Complete Guide
Author: James Kaiser
Description: 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.
Costa Rican Spanish
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
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.
Culture Smart! Costa Rica
Author: Jane Koutnik
Description: History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die, Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
Author: Chris Santella
Description: Santella (Once in a Lifetime Trips) includes insider tips, color illustrations and concise descriptions of 50 hikes from the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan to the Amalfi Coast.
National Geographic Costa Rica
Author: Christopher P. Baker
Description: This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
Author: Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Description: Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity; A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
The Birds of Costa Rica
Author: Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
Description: 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.
The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People
Author: Dan Buettner
Description: Buettner explores the lifestyle habits that promote the longest, healthiest and happiest communities, including Nicoya Peninsula, Ikaria and Okinawa, and offers recipes and suggestions on how to cultivate your own Blue Zone.
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 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.
The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide
Author: Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid
Description: This guide includes 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.
Thrive, Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
Author: Dan Buettner
Description: National Geographic explorer Buettner reveals happiness spots on four continents in his latest research, dispelling many myths and concluding with the six lessons in thriving (he calculates 40% may be under your control, not bad).
Author: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Description: 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.
Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change
Author: Richard Fisher
Description: 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.
Wild Costa Rica
Author: Adrian Hepworth
Description: 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.