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The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America [Paperback]

Polly Rodger Brown , James Read
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1 Feb 2010 Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America
The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America tells you everything you need to know before you go to Latin America, from visas and vaccinations to budgets and packing. It will help you plan the best possible trip, with advice on when to go and what not to miss, and how to avoid trouble on the road. You'll find insightful information on what tickets to buy, where to stay, what to eat and how to stay healthy and save money in Latin America. The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America includes insightful overviews of each Latin American country highlighting the best places to visit with country-specific websites, clear maps, suggested reading and budget information. Be inspired by the full-colour 'things not to miss' section whilst useful contact details will help you plan your route. All kinds of advice and anecdotes from travellers who've been there and done it will make travelling stress-free. The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America has everything you need to get your journey underway.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 edition (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848364172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848364172
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful as your first book 10 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
It is pretty good if you have no idea which part of this interesting continent to go. It gives you a brief view of each country and important places to visit in each country. However, it does not give you fine details like the culture, transport, eating, etc. Once you finalise where to go, you may need to buy a separate guide book that give you these fine details for you to survive in the countries.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin... 17 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this guide whilst pondering which amazing trip through Latin America I wanted to travel; should it be Peru & the Inca trail or the Ruta Maya? The best thing about this book is that it gives you the relevant information that you need to make that kind of decision without you having to wade through an entire 10+ guidebooks that you won't have time for. The information is concise - when to go, what to try & see (or not to miss), festivals that may crop up during your visit, and a little history on the country; and yet you don't feel too bogged down or overloaded with facts & figures.
The first section has the usual start to a rough guide, with the top things not to miss & then all the countries of central & south america are discussed in alphabetical order - the same information presented for each country allowing direct comparison.
Don't be fooled - it is not a book I will take with me on my travels, but it has helped me make up my mind & plan what I want to see whilst I am there. Now I will get the specific books just needed for my trip rather than the entire south american continent! Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... 31 Dec 2011
By Lady P
Format:Paperback
I ordered this book as we are thinking of doing two trips next year, one to South America, one to Central America but until we'd done some research we were not sure which countries and destinations to short list.
So I thought this book would be a good one to start with and was slightly drawn by its low price.
This book has been written so it provides very limited information so you have no choice but to go on and buy Central and South America books seperately and / or the individual country ones. The book has at max 4 pages on each country and consequently does not provide information for the most basic tourist sights never mind anymore, so it doesn't help you decide where to go. I was also surprised how thin the book considering it covers two continents and more than half of it is wasted on obvious generic traveller information (having the right vaccinations, wearing suncream etc etc).
As such I have returned it and bought the Central and South America LP books seperately, these arrived today are very thick and look much better content wise. I would recommend anyone else to do the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed 13 Jan 2011
By Aiga
Format:Paperback
I have just received my book!
First impression - very beautiful, colourful book that invites you to read it now and here!

Started to read and I can see that this book is just what I needed!
I have just started planning my trip to Latin America and it's very difficult to decide where to go and what to see. This book shows me my options! It helps you to decide where you want to go and what type of travel you want to do.

I think it's great :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know 12 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I am about to embark on a year around the world starting with South America. This book is an absolute gem...it provides a great insite latin amrican culture and people and also makes you aware of all the practical things you need to know before you go, from how to deal with culture shock to what to take. Excellent guide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for my style of traveling 7 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought this book hoping it would help me preparing my forthcoming trip through Latin America. It didn't although, here and there, some notes were taken. I had no great expectations, I more or less anticipated what was coming: a book for the extra cautious American tourists. Still I bought it because it's the only book I found providing a generic approach to the traveling problems in Latin America. However, there was little I could extract from the book. It's really all about the paranoid travel style: what to bring, how to stay healthy, how to stay safe... well... if I would follow most of the advices provided, I would stay just home... better place to stay healthy and safe.

So, this is my advice: don't buy this book if you really are a traveler seeking for a genuine experience. You find little in its pages for you. I really don't need to be told how to protect backpack from rain or what kind of shoeware shall I use while in the road. I pity does who actually can make use of these petty advises and are actually going to travel in Latin America. I thought I would rate this book with two stars, just to not look radical in my criticism, but I really have to put one star on this one... that's reflects the amount of useful advises I extracted from the book. Or perhaps I'm being optimistic, as that would be more like close to zero.
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Full of really useful, practical information in easy to digest format.
A definite recommendation for anyone travelling to South America for the first time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst travel book I have ever read! 29 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the worst travel book I have ever read, the book is 300 pages long (fair enough), but 200 pages cover security, how to travel around, etc, etc. 100 pages is assigned to the 19 countries, around 5 pages per country, really! I would stick to reading Wikipedia rather than buy this.

Useless, am now buying a real book from Amazon.
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