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  • Paperback: 1064 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (19 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741049237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049237
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other --New York Times

This book was the one thing we couldn't live without when we backpacking through South America. It s provided invaluable advice on hostels, dangers, money, visas, maps, tourist sites, transport. Everything really! --Amazon customer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on 15 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Have been travelling using Lonely Planet guides for 15 years and have always seen them as the best of the guide books. Sad to say that both South America on a Shoestring and Central America on a Shoestring were both equally terrible. Main points that frustrated - i) out of date reviews - places marked as good, were now not etc. Info about sites no longer accurate due to the huge time lag between the last visit when you read it, prices not in line etc, ii) the fact that everyone has one so the same average places are overcrowded and they generally overcharge iii) maps that are not accurate (e.g. roads shown over a river that did not exist, wrong placing of accommodation on maps etc), iv) lazy editing for the new addition so that sections of the text contradict the new overviews. The main use I can see for these books is the history sections and 90% of the time the maps also. Better to use other sources of info for where to stay, visit and eat (e.g. other travellers, hostel info boards, Hostelworld, Tripadvisor etc).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janebfc on 19 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Like reviewers here when I travelled to South America 10+ yrs ago I held off buying until their newest edition came out. I lost count of the number of fellow travellers I bumped into that year who, like me, where exasperated at LP's out-of-date/inaccurate information. Maps printed upside down, hostels that had been closed for a couple of years (prior to publication) etc etc. I took the time to complain to LP & it didn't get me anywhere. Seems like times haven't changed either. Lonely Planet's reputation was earnt from cornering the market in the older backpacker trails across Asia etc and fact is they're just not as up on Latin America. So if you want a reliable guide, whilst LP is full of some great stuff, you'd be better off with Footprints - after all their South American guide was the first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deeps2365 on 9 Jan. 2012
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This book was the one thing we couldn't live without when we backpacking through south america. Its provided innvauable advice on hostels, dangers, money, visas, maps, tourist sites, transport ect ect. Everything really!

If you are going backpacking in south america and enjoy reading, then buy this book take it with you, when your on the plane/bus/taxi read the 5-6 pages about a town/city before you get there. It teaches you everything you need to know.

You will not regret buying this book, we sold our copy in Brazil a few days before flying home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. C. Rowe on 16 July 2012
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Great book to use as an overview, with information on all South American countries but unfortunately I felt I needed a lot more information/maps than was provided the majority of the time. Unfortunately many of the price guides didn't seem correct either, perhaps using very outdated research, it doesn't appear to acknowledge that shops/restaurants in this area of the world are often short-lived.
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While it has been great to not to have carry a guide book because of this e-format, this is none-the-less a spectacularly missed opportunity if ever there was one! While the guide suffices in terms of planning/ following a general route and quick background to the countries you are visiting, it is woefully out of date for key information such as pricing and in some cases plain wrong. The continent is changing rapidly and some countries such as Argentina have high inflation, so an out of date guide just isn’t going to cut it. Furthermore, navigation (which is key for a guide) around the book is slow and the maps are unreadable on my device. Furthermore, none of the useful glossy colored maps are included at the back of the book as they are in the hard edition.

Come on Lonely Planet, you can do better than this! The majority of travelers now have some kind of device and the web is almost ubiquitous even in the far flung destinations we seek, so the potential to make the e-book interactive is huge. Pricing and reviews could be updated seamlessly if you wanted and you could link to social media also. In this day and age, clicking on maps should really link to good maps, such as Google Maps and if you click on the map you should go to the summary of that place in the book. All the technology is there and you have the content, so why is not happening! If you don’t do it someone else will...

One more bug bear, why should a continent guide be more abbreviated for each country than the individual country guide in an e-format? If you pay for the lot, you should get the lot! I don’t mind paying access to content for a year only, I just want the content.

Disappointing indeed from such a great travel guide company...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eagle9eye on 13 Sept. 2012
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A classic, and a must to have in you backpack for trips to South America. Big plus is the details it provides about all different parts of the country and in this sense it is very much complete. However some chapters are quite outdated when it comes to information on prices, travel times, etc. (Especially the chapter on Bolivia). The publisher should update it soon! However it remains the best South America Travel Guide on the market , so you will have to get it. I discourage from getting another brand as most of them are unorganized and incomplete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter O'Tool on 6 Dec. 2012
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I don't normally like to use the lonely planet because I have found that you can generally get around by word of mouth. However, it has indeed proved a useful for giving me ideas of certain routes and info on each place I go. The best part about this guide book is the little bits of history that it provides. In terms of the accommodation that is mentioned I cannot comment, because I haven't actually used this guide for such purposes.
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