This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Belize guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
Pin this image Bruce Barcott is a contributing editor for Outside magazine and an author. His latest book, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird, is a compelling story of Belizean culture, society and politics. He recounts with unflinching honesty the story of Sharon Matola (local celebrity and founder of the Belize Zoo) and her fight against the construction of the Chalillo Dam on the Macal River.
Pin this image If your inner adventurer dreams of packing up and moving to paradise, take along Belize Survivor, by Nancy Koerner. The jungle and the sea are the backdrop for the author’s harrowing tale of betrayal, courage and survival.
Pin this image Richard Timothy Conroy’s Our Man in Belize is a fun, engaging memoir of his stint as US vice-consul to the impoverished British Honduras of the early 1960s, a period marked by the devastating Hurricane Hattie.
Pin this image Ronald Wright’s Time Among the Maya is an acutely observed account of travels through Belize, Guatemala and Mexico in the troubled 1980s, delving into the past and present of the Maya and the profound importance they attach to their calendar and the passing of time.
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.