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Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring: Big Trips on Small Budgets (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , St Louis , Bao , Kohn , McCarthy , Mutic , Power , Raub , Symington , Vidgen
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19 Mar 2010 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

For 30 years, Lonely Planet has been the backpackers' bible for South America. Whether you're trekking the Andes, gliding through the Amazon or joining a wild festival, our unbeatable 11th edition is your key to adventure.

This multi-country guide covers: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

  • More maps than any other South America guidebook - over 200!
  • Eat cheap and sleep easy with budget accommodation and cheap eats
  • Full-colour highlights chapter with top picks from other travelers
  • Detailed itineraries help you decide where to begin
  • Sustainable travel tips and volunteering opportunities

Lonely Planet gets you to the heart of a place. Our job is to make amazing travel experiences happen. We visit the places we write about each and every edition. We never take freebies for positive coverage, so you can always rely on us to tell it like it is.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St. Louis, Sandra Bao, Gregor Clark, Aimee Dowl, Beth Kohn, Carolyn McCarthy, Anja Mutic, Mike Power, Kevin Raub, Paul Smith, Andy Symington, and Lucan Vidgen .

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)


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  • Paperback: 1064 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (19 Mar 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741049237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049237
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,426 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 15 May 2012
By Adrian
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Facts on a shoestring! 19 July 2012
By Janebfc
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as an overview 16 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! 9 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good for a rough overview. 6 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but some parts outdated 13 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Julien
Format:Kindle Edition
i thought that having an electronic format would allow the authors to update informations. prices in argentina have doubled in a year. many times we had ppl at the reception saying "sorry but your guide is out of date. is it the lonely planet?" the book is useful though and i like it. but better dble check prices on phone before . writing from a kindle in posadas argentina. btw, residencial misiones is now charging ar$ 120 for a double (not 60 as book says)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Guide 6 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent Travel Guide, very helpful and easy to consult. A have must for any trip you want to plan. Superb destination.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
I have used this like a bible, all around south america. I travelled with it in late 2011-2012, and the only place I was really in for a surprise was Argentina. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cerebral177
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Handy size and a good read if you are travelling. The maps are really handy too. Worth a read if you are travelling to South America.
Published 9 months ago by Chris hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Ms cahill
Good general background info on each country, last updated '09 so a bit out of date with some things and ESP prices. A good general guide... Do own in depth research first
Published 10 months ago by Elainebear
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Awful item, had to returnndue to it being low quality and not the bookmi ordered but a cheep copy still awaiting refund!
Published 10 months ago by Angela Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars South America
I don't think you can go wrong with a Lonely Planet and as always it hasn't disappointed. Only one criticism is they are only pictures in the front of the book and not as you go... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide book
Amazing guide book as always from Lonely Planet, they are informative with tips and advice to make the most of the holiday, would recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Suzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless Kindle edition of an otherwise great book!
Kindle version is NOT updated. I could not find any date of edition of the Kindle version, but I just supposed it was the same as the newest paperback. Wrong. Read more
Published 12 months ago by potasik
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful insight
This book helped me plan a great trip through the continent. I wouldn't recommend basing everything on this book, but instead using it as a simply guide! Read more
Published 12 months ago by DGJM
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity if ever there was one...
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! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dragonfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot wait to get to South America now!!
It is really well written and set out, all the information I need to set off on my South American Adventure!!
Published 17 months ago by Superjess
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