Jungle of Stone
Alongside his own 2,500-mile journey through Central America, William Carlsen retraces the Catherwood-Stephens Expedition, one of the first excursions to the Mayan temples of present-day Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
Culture Smart! Guatemala
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Rough Guide Guatemala
This comprehensive guide features good cultural information and the best overview of where to go and what to do throughout the country. It’s got consistently more
— and more accurate — information on markets, towns and excursions than the competition. With chapters on Copan and the Honduran Bay Islands.
National Geographic Maps
Guatemala Adventure Map
Water- and tear-proof with parks, preserves, underwater features and topography at a scale of 1:500,000.
Amy E. Robertson
Moon Handbook Honduras & the Bay Islands
A comprehensive guide to Honduras, its history, culture and attractions.
Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer
Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala
A foreign policy classic first published in 1982, brilliantly written and devastating in its implications. Schlesinger and Kinzer provide a dramatic account of the CIA- backed 1954 overthrow of Guatemala’s democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz.
Elizabeth Burgos (Foreword), David Stoll
Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans
This book alleges that Rigoberta Menchu took liberties with events depicted in her landmark autobiography. Updated with foreword by Elizabeth Burgos.
Greg Grandin (Editor)
The Guatemala Reader
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars. (Item GML18)
Mary Ellen Miller
Maya Art and Architecture
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.
Linda Schele, Peter Mathews
The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs
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.
Barbara W. Fash
The Copan Sculpture Museum, Ancient Maya Artistry in Stucco and Stone
Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Program & Mesoamerican Laboratory at the Peabody Museum, Fash brings insight and an on-the-ground perceptive to this illustrated overview of Copan. It’s both a museum catalog and an introduction to the Maya.
The Lost Cities of the Mayas
The discoveries of British artist Frederick Catherwood and his American companion John Lloyd Stephens, the first Westerners to see the Maya cities of the Yucatan, are
chronicled in this illustrated, oversized volume. Featuring 200 color engravings of the monuments of Central America, Chiapas and the Yucatan.
Stephen Houston, Michael Coe
Coe’s clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights their chronology, accomplishments and legacy. Ninth edition.
Stephen Connely Benz
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.
Marcela Serrano, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Antigua and My Life Before
Set in Santiago, Chile, and the Guatemalan city of Antigua, this is the story of two women — one a famous singer, the other an artist/architect — and a tragic shooting that sparks memories of their friendship.
Dennis Tedlock (Editor)
Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya.
The Mosquito Coast
This taut psychological novel about a man who abandons civilization for the wilds of Honduras is both an adventure story and a dark utopian tale of colonial ambitions run amok.
Larry Habegger (Editor), Natanya Pearlman (Editor)
Travelers’ Tales Central America
Organized thematically with contributions set in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, this collection of eyewitness reports includes works by Joan Didion, P.J. O’Rourke and Paul Theroux.
J.C. Kricher, Mark Plotkin (Introduction)
The New Neotropical Companion
From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it’s all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America. A revised second edition.
Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
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.
A Brief History of Central America
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.