Suggested Reading List
A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico
Author: Fiona Reid
Description: This second edition of Fiona Reid's wonderfully detailed and comprehensive field guide to the mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico features 59 vivid full-color illustrations. Reid painted most of the creatures in the field, a formidable challenge and -- given the quality of the results -- well worth her while. With parks, and protected areas, habitats, range maps, tracks and natural history.
A Natural History of Belize
Author: Samuel Bridgewater
Description: Presenting the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of both the tropical Chiquibul Forest (also known as the Maya Forest) and Belize in its entirety.
Belize Field Guide
Author: Rainforest Publications (Illustrator)
Description: Mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are all included in this 14-panel, fold-up pocket field guide
Belize Marine Life
Author: Rainforest Publications
Description: This handy guide to the ocean life around Belize is a 14-panel, full-color reference. Includes illustrations for reef fish, marine mammals, sport fish, and sea turtles.
Belize in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture
Author: Ian Peedle
Description: A brief, authoritative guide to the history, cultural heritage, politics and economy of Belize. With maps, photographs and some travel information, it's an excellent synopsis from an unabashedly left-leaning perspective, strong on facts.
Belize, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
Author: Les Beletsky
Description: An all-around field guide featuring color illustrations of 200 birds, 50 mammals, 150 coral reef creatures and 80 reptiles and amphibians.
Central America Map
Description: A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000.
Author: Lydia Millet
Description: In Millet's anticipated follow-up to How the Dead Dream, a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat follows a runaway millionaire into the surreal tropical jungle. The prose has a lovely stillness and has been hailed as a haunting, mesmerizing novel of ideas.
Author: Stephen Connely Benz
Description: Opening with a long chapter on life in Guatemala City, Benz’s memoir moves on to the remote highlands and other little-visited regions. An excellent account of Guatemala’s political history, traditions, and indigenous cultures.
How to Cook a Tapir
Author: Joan Fry
Description: The coming-of-age memoir by Joan Fry, a young newlywed, who moves with her anthropologist husband to the jungles of Belize. Her introspective account is interwoven with stories, portraits of locals and traditional recipes.
Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize & the Yucatan
Author: Insight Guides
Description: This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture.
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 Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout.
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.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
Author: Paul Humann
Description: Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs
Author: Linda Schele, Peter Mathews
Description: A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture.
The History of Central America
Author: Thomas L. Pearcy
Description: A brief history, beginning with the ancient Maya and moving through European contact and conquest, independence movements, finishing in the 20th century.
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird
Author: Bruce Barcott
Description: The gripping tale of Sharon Matola's six-year campaign to stop a dam that would flood the forest home of Belize's last scarlet macaws.
The Maya Tropical Forest: Peoples, Parks and Ancient Cities
Author: James D. Nations
Description: Jim Nations draws on field work in the region over the last 25 years in this personable, detailed overview of the people, history and wildlife of the lowland tropical forest of southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
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: 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.