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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741041333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041330
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,667,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Lonely Planet, the intrepid traveler's bible...' --Los Angeles Times, April 2005
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Archaeological evidence shows that people have been living in Panama for at least 11,000 years, and that agriculture arose here as early as 1500 BC. Read the first page
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By N. A. Latif on 20 Dec 2010
Panama was my first stop on my round the world backpacking trip. The guide was very good and helped me to gain confidence for the rest of the 7 month trip to other countries.
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Amazon.com: 12 reviews
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Useful, but not perfect 5 May 2005
By Vickie T. - Published on Amazon.com
This guidebook is a baffling mixture of recommendations that are dead-on and those that make you wonder "What was he thinking?" I also could have done without the author's insertion of his own political and social opinions. A travel guidebook is hardly the place for value judgements.

Would I recommend buying this book for an upcoming trip to Panama? Yes. It has a lot of good information and, as I said, some excellent recommendations. That is why I decided in the end to rate the book 4 stars instead of the 3 that I initially planned. But, I would definitely advise the user to supplement the book with other information, especially recommendations from local residents or people who have visited the country previously.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very Out of Date & Inaccurate 18 May 2006
By Hayden Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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I travel quite a bit (for business and vacations) so I have purchased and read over 30 Lonely Planets. Of all of them, this one has more errors and is more out of date than any I can recall - much more out of date than the publishing date suggests, which makes me think the latest addition was not a thorough update. Over half of the restaurants they recommended, which I tried to visit, were either out of business or not in the location they listed in the book. Prices in general for everything from taxis to hotels were inaccurate. Some of the maps were inaccurate as well. Whole streets in Bella Vista were omitted. Sometimes this was a minor inconvenience, and other times it was a disaster (trying to get the ferry to Isla Toboga for instance - one of the ferry companies listed is out of business, and the docks from which the ferries leave moved nearly two years ago, but the old address and times are stilled listed in the LP - thus we missed our ferry). This guide is one of the only LPs (the LP Trekking in Nepal being the other) that I felt it was actually a hindrance to rely on because it was often so inaccurate. Unfortunately, this negates any positive aspects of the book.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I live in Panama 5 Jan 2006
By S. O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
I find it odd that so many of you are not happy with this book. I am a US citizen living in Panama -- we have been here for over 2 years now. And my family, friends and I use this book all the time. And I have the older version, not the new revised one. It has great information on how to get somewhere, what to expect, and what are fun things to do. The guide's discriptions are very accurate, sometimes painfully accurate. There are very few street signs in Panama which makes getting around difficult when you don't know your way. The book does a beautiful job discussing this. The culture is very differnt from ours so a "guide's" perspective is very much what you need to figure out your way around here. I have never written an review before for Amazon.com, but felt this book needed a better review by someone who uses it ALL the time. Before we take any kind of day trip or vacation we check this book and they haven't lead us wrong yet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
left some things out 5 Nov 2006
By hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
I agreed with other reviews in the sense that it left out alot. Maybe it was to out of date like others had suggested. We backpacked through the stretch of the pacific side of panama in a few weeks. The book left out parts of places we found, cabanas on the beach and so forth and roads that were supposedly non existant. Panamanians were extremly nice and helpful. Other books could probably tell more.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not a guide! 19 Sep 2005
By Regular Panama visitor - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the previous comments here that this book is a less a guide and more of a 'I'll tell you how it is' type book. It is a GUIDE after all and I would expect to find some basic facts to get me around and certainly a few of recommendations but NOT the authors views and rants on certain subjects. I am going to the place to make up my own mind!

I like the new style Lonely Planet guides and find them much easier to navigate than the old ones but I want a travel guide to assist me not a book full of the authors narrow opinions!

In my view there are better guides to Panama on the market!
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