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The Rough Guide to Central America On A Budget [Paperback]

Rough Guides , Shafik Meghji , Caroline Daly , Amber Dobrzensky , Huw Hennesey , Neil McQuillian
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1 Nov 2011 Rough Guide to...

The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget is the definitive guide to making the most of this exotic region without breaking the bank. Backpackers, career-breakers, gap year travellers and those who want more bang for their buck, will find in depth budget information for all seven Central American countries and every aspect of travel. From accommodation and restaurants to special events, festivals and adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities, this guide is packed with the best budget information from night-life, shopping, markets and entertainment, to "Treat Yourself" boxes that highlight great places and things worth splashing out on. There is a full-colour introduction with highlights for every country. You'll also find useful words and phrases in every language and detailed maps for hundreds of locations.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget.

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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405382279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405382274
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and brought up in south London, Shafik Meghji co-presented the Channel 4 youth sports programme Rookies, before heading to the University of Warwick to study politics and international studies. After graduating in 2001, he gained the Guardian's Scott Trust Bursary for aspiring journalists, and went on to write for the paper and study newspaper journalism at City University, London.

Shafik then worked as a news and sports reporter for the Evening Standard until wanderlust set in and he left for India and South America, where he wrote for UK and US publications. After returning to London, Shafik worked as a freelance news, features and sports journalist for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Independent and the Mirror, before joining Rough Guides in 2007.

Shafik is the co-author of The Rough Guide to India and The Rough Guide to Bolivia. He has contributed to The Rough Guide to the Baltic States, The Rough Guide to Chile, The Rough Guide to Egypt, The Rough Guide to Nepal, The Rough Guide to Paris and The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget, as well as Earthbound: a Rough Guide to the World in Pictures, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth (edition 2) and Make the Most of Your Time in Britain.

Shafik is also the co-author - with Sioned Jones - of the Buenos Aires *Essential* Guide app, an insider's guide to the best of BA.


When not on the road, Shafik divides his time between south London and Buenos Aires, working as a journalist, writer, editor and photographer.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent guide 27 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Decent guide, didnt cover all the places I wanted though but good for ones it did. Most recent guide at this point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 July 2014
Very informative
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle edition has several limitations to it 19 Feb 2014
By Colette
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This guidebook helped us plan out our journey across Central America and provided us with the essential information needed. Having said this, the maps on the Kindle edition were often such poor quality that we couldn't read the writing at all and it is incredibly frustrating to have to flick through a whole section in a book to find that small town you wanted to spend a night in. The Kindle edition would most definitely benefit from more chapter dividers to make it easier to flick between sections and find what you are looking for.

In addition, it is clear that each country's section is written by a different person and bears no relevance to the last section. The guidebook often seemed disjointed which made it difficult to prepare for the trip as a whole. This was surprising given that this is a guidebook about Central America yet there were very few (if any) comparisons made between the countries (prices, language use, culture etc). It would have been useful to clarify certain terms at the start of the book and stick with the same terms the whole way through (i.e. Chicken buses, licuados, comedores etc).

In terms of accommodation, the guidebook often presented many of the places in a particularly pessimistic light, yet when we arrived in the town, there seemed to be plenty of (inexpensive) options (presumably these did not all appear in the last couple of years) so I could not understand why they even listed the terrible options, rather than selecting fewer, more appealing options. This was the same with listings of run-down towns that the guidebook suggested not to bother visiting, when we visited lovely small towns not even in the book. Surely it would be better to focus on what we should visit rather than what not to visit?

Overall, this book served us well and it was great to have a Kindle edition available, but of course, the electronic version comes with many limitations too.
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