Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador
Ernest Preston Edwards
This classic guide illustrates all the regularly occurring birds of Mexico and neighboring areas, including details of distribution, abundance, habitat and identification features for 850 species.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
Mexico Field Guide, Butterflies
A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 82 species of spectacular butterflies. Includes English and scientific names and dimensions.
A convenient, double-sided map of Mexico at a scale of 1:2,425,000.
A detailed travel map of the Yucatan, covering Tikal, Copan, Belize, Chiapas and more at a scale of 1:500,000. Printed on tear proof, waterproof paper.
Baja California Map
Including the Sea of Cortez and adjoining Sonora coast at a scale of 1:650,000, this handy map is also printed on waterproof paper.
A colorful, locally produced map of the Mexican state of Michoacan, at a scale of 1:570,000. The revese side has city plans of the five biggest towns; the text is in Spanish.
Eyewitness Guide Mexico
A compact visually appealing guide to Mexico.
Anita Anton von Bleyleben
This full-color Baedeker features the best places to stay, eat, drink and sight-see alongside 3D laminated cut-outs and a pull out map.
Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish
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.
Culture Smart! Mexico
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook
This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulary for travelers.
Lonely Planet Mexico
This practical guide to Mexico 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.
Moon Handbook Yucatan Peninsula
Lisa & Gary Prado Chandler
A compact, comprehensive travel guide with an excellent overview of the natural history and culture of the region, including Yucatan but also Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Quintana Roo.
Moon Handbook Baja
Nikki Goth Itoi
Packed with maps, charts and photographs, this handy guide combines practical advice with chapters on natural history. (BJA09, $19.99)
The Forgotten Peninsula, A Naturalist in Baja California
Joseph Wood Krutch
A classic, leisurely account of the plants, landscapes and history of Lower California.
Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja
Photographs, maps, identification and natural history are all covered in this handy guide featuring color illustrations by Ian Sheldon.
Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly
A lyrical account of travels and encounters on the trail of the migrating monarch. Halpern, who weaves her own experiences with science, interviews and commentary, includes a section on the butterfly wintering grounds in Mexico.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan
John Lloyd Stephens & Karl Ackerman
In this beloved classic, first published in 1841, Stephens chronicles his adventures and explorations in the Yucatan, including his rediscovery of important Maya sites, among them Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah and Tulum. This traveler's edition features modern and archival photographs in addition to Frederick Catherwood's original lithographs.
Maya Art and Architecture
Mary Ellen Miller
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.
The Labyrinth of Solitude
These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez
The classic account of a collecting trip to the Sea of Cortez with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, first published in 1941. Subtitled "A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research," this much-loved book captures the wonders of the Gulf of California and the joys of discovery.
Mexico in Mind
John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, Malcolm Lowry and others offer diverse impressions of Mexico.