Christopher P. Baker is acclaimed as one of North America’s most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers, with a special focus on the Caribbean and Latin American. He is acknowledged as the world’s foremost regional travel expert on Cuba and Costa Rica.
He is the author of National Geographic Traveler Costa Rica and National Geographic Traveler Panama, plus three other guidebooks to Costa Rica, as well as Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba, winner of two national book awards. He writes for such publications as National Geographic Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, and Robb Report, and has appeared on Fox Magazine, the National Geographic Channel, and National Public Radio.
Baker was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He received a B.A. (Honors) in geography at the University of London's University College, during which time he participated in two Sahara research expeditions and an exchange program at Krakow University, Poland. He later earned master's degrees in Latin American studies from Liverpool University and in education from the University of London's Institute of Education.
Christopher began his writing career in 1978 as a contributing editor on Latin America for Land & Liberty, a London-based political journal. In 1980, he received a Scripps-Howard Foundation Scholarship in Journalism to attend the University of California, Berkeley. He has made his living as a professional travel writer, photographer, and lecturer since 1983. He also writes frequently on natural sciences and tourism related issues.