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Backpacking in Mexico (Hiking Guides) Paperback – 1 Mar 1997

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1st edition (1 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898323569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898323563
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,001,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect but worth the price 7 Mar. 2000
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Although the book had valuable information on remote areas of Mexico the "narrative" approach to giving directions was a little dated in the age of widely available GPS. Distances are often expressed in terms of time and landmarks are at times vague.
Even so I have used the book on several trips and found it better than my usual "inquire locally" approach. At least I don't feel that I'm going in totally ignorant of a location. The book is particularly valuable in picking a destination to your liking.
If you are at all a naturalist you will appreciate the detailed lists of flora and fauna. The general travel information was also quite detailed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Too much and too little 20 Aug. 2005
By Cholla Bob - Published on
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I think this book tries to be too many things. It aims at giving backpackers all they need. All they need won't fit into 240 or so pages. Most of it covers the same ground as do other, better, guidebooks: bus connections, hotels, restaurants, background and history, sightseeing descriptions, etc. Also, note that the book was printed in 1997 so the details are hopelessly outdated anyway.

Where it's different from the usual guidebooks (Lonely Planet, Moon, etc.) is in giving some information on hikes. Unfortunately, narrative directions like these are notoriously hard to follow. Trail maps are too much to hope for, but GPS coordinates would be a huge help, as another reviewer has already noted. In any case, there aren't enough trails included to justify calling it a hiking book.

There are some good things in it. The authors clearly know their flora and fauna and it shows up in the text. They're not afraid of expressing opinions as so many guidebook writers are. The essays give a personal feel to subjects travelers will want to know about.

My recommendation is that backpack travelers to Mexico should invest the low price and read the book through. That would enable them to plan a much better trip and the savings in money and time would easily repay the investment. I wouldn't carry it along on the trip because I'd want to reserve that space in the backpack for better guidebooks, but I'd tear out the few pages that didn't duplicate the same material and carry them along.
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