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Central America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) [Paperback]

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31 Aug 1994 Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide
This guide includes useful facts about Central America such as getting there and getting around. It covers Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864422180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864422187
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,285,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet 'Central America' 5 Nov 2013
By BigMan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, this is not the latest edition, but it is the best guidebook series on the market. All-in-all, it turned out that Central America hadn't changed that much...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LP - Does it again! Central Am. makes it easy! 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I am doing a PeaceBike trip around the world so I have read a fair share of travel guides. As I am biking I want a guide book that will prepare me for what's ahead and give me just enough tips to make the adventure fun and not a ¨wild hotel¨ chase.
Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring includes everything I need. It has got very detailed maps of almost every town I pass through. It has a section for every town as to where the good eats are and often reviews the vegitarian restaurants which for this vegi-biker is a real treat!
I have found that other guidebook series give you just a few options as far as cheap places to stay but this guidebook gives you at least five places to stay in each town or city that are real bargains.
I like to learn a bit about the country I am going to before I enter it. Central America on a Shoestring has a good little history section for each country as well as many of the sites. This way when you get to Tikal you have a map in hand to follow around the ruins. You have got a concise history of what the place is about plus if you want to stay a little longer that you thought this books adds enough Places To Stay options so that you never have to panic. One other thing I really like about this book (and this may only be of real help to other bikers)is that it often gives road and uphill, downhill information which is vital when you are planning how far you are going each day. Central America on a ShoeString and a few country maps and you are set!
Their huge number of city maps, the mini Spanish language guide, the consistent and thorough sub sections all make this book a must. I might even say, the only. I used this book on my bike trip and I am writing this from Central America and I'm loving it. The book and the region!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never go wrong with a Lonely Planet guide! 2 Mar 2001
By Hilde Bygdevoll - Published on Amazon.com
I have just returned to Norway after a year backpacking around in Latin America (of course accompanied by the Lonely Planet books). I do not claim to be an expert, but I know what I look for in a travel guide!
This edition of the LP Central America did not disappoint me. I used it, going from Panama to Guatemala by bus(!). It is up to date on the information, and as with all the other LP books it is easy to find your way around with it. It includes maps over the big cities, good information about the hotels, restaurants, places worth visiting, and time schedules for bus, train etc. You have to take into account that this is a guide that is meant to cover the whole Central America so naturally it is not as detailed as the guides for each country separate. It is good as an overall guide if you plan to go to more than one or two countries, as you would try to cut down on the baggage to carry around.
As for the prices for hotels and food, the book is fairly accurate.. It is hard to keep up with all the changes, especially in the Latin American economy, where the inflation is "somewhat" higher than in the rest of the world. So, for prices - if you are on a backpacker-budget, do your own research, or at least be prepared for changes! (We usually multiplied the prices in the book with 1,5 and that gave us a good indicator of what to expect).
You will find that if you are walking around with the LP book under your arm, many of the local people will approach you and ask you if you need help. Say yes - even if you don't need help! It is a great opportunity to get in contact with the local people!
This book is a must on your travel!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Travels in Nicaragua and Honduras in January 2000 2 July 2001
By Erin L. Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
My father and I traveled to Nicaragua and Honduras in January 2000. This guide was helpful as a security blanket for information on the different cities and towns we visited, but we couldn't rely much on the lodging, restaurant, and/or transit information due to it being outdated and that natural disasters had changed some of the roads/cities since the book was written.
The information on daytrips was great - we ended up seeing a couple of towns within an easy journey of Teguchigalpa, Honduras and Managua thanks to the LP guide. Especially like the organization of the LP books, which really helped outline an itinerary that made sense prior to our departure. With the "Getting there & away" section about each destination, it was easy to figure out how to modify that itinerary as needed "on the fly."
Previously, I'd used LP for travels in Bolivia and been very impressed with the detail and level of information for La Paz (the capital). We found the level of detail a little lacking in the Central America guide probably because Nicaragua/Honduras were only two small sections of the book. So I guess I'd recommend this book for an overview, but would suggest finding a guide with more current, updated detailed information and/or an increased focus on the country/cities you're visiting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion for a quick journey through Central America 27 Dec 2000
By Maurizio Giuliano - Published on Amazon.com
If you wish to travel through Central America in a rush, this is the best book for you to take. As always, Lonely Planet is unbeatable. On this very region, it is only second to the other Lonely Planet guides on specific countries: Yucatán and Belize, Guatemala, etc. If you need to see it all in one go, and/or don't want to spend too much money or take too much weight, this is the book to take !
3.0 out of 5 stars Too old 22 Nov 2012
By Mr. William J. Randall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While it was very cheap, I would not purchase a 15 year old book again. As I intend to visit Central America in the future I should have purchased an up to date version. My fault.
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