Panama Wildlife Guide
This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
The Birds of Panama
Robert Dean & George R. Angehr
Created for the field, with range maps, illustrations and descriptions on facing pages.
Panama Adventure Map
With good topographic detail, this is a sturdy traveler’s map at a scale of 1:475,000.
A travel map of Panama at a scale of 1:800,000, with good topographic relief.
Culture Smart! Panama
This practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture is concise and well-illustrated.
Lonely Planet Panama
The usual comprehensive Lonely Planet treatment, with a good overview of the history, culture and nature of Panama.
National Geographic Panama
Award-winning travel writer and photographer Christopher Baker introduces the history, nature and attractions of Panama, thoroughly illustrated in National Geographic’s style.
Panama Canal by Cruise Ship
This outstanding guide to the Panama Canal, and popular ports of call in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America features a mile-by-mile guide to the transit, a history of the building of the canal and a detailed pullout map.
Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata
A lively, lucid portrait of the rain forest 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 rain forest.
A Neotropical Companion
A tropical primer aimed at the motivated general reader. It’s a systematic overview of the ecology, habitats, animals, plants and ecosystems of Central and South America.
The Monkey’s Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
David Rains Wallace
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 Tapir’s Morning Bath
An engaging account of the people, ecological research and debate among the scientists at Barro Colorado Island, the Smithsonian Institution’s Tropical Research Station in Panama. Royte, a journalist and research-assistant-at-large, is an entertaining insightful guide.
HISTORY & CULTURE
The Path Between the Seas, The Creation of the Panama Canal: 1870-1914
This prize-winning book tackles the full scope of the history of the Panama Canal, its characters, technical difficulties and the Byzantine politics involved. It’s a great story that master McCullough plumbs with a deft hand.
A Brief History of Central America
A good overview of the economic, political and social history of the region through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica.
How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal
Ovidio Diaz Espino
An intriguing look into the treachery, behind-the-scenes financial wrangling and Roosevelt-era dollar diplomacy that resulted in not only the Panama Canal but the establishment of Panama as an independent nation (and some few making a lot of money).
Portrait of the Panama Canal, from Construction to the Twenty-First Century
A photo-essay with contemporary and archival photographs of the Panama Canal, as well as a short history, featuring 60 color and 10 archival images.
The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs
These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction.