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The Rough Guide to Mexico (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1843538431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843538431
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By yellowdog on 31 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
A day after buying this book, seeing the page 14 picture of Copper Canyon and deciding we had to go there, my friend and I were sitting on the bus to Chihuahua. The Rough Guide suited us perfectly in the way that we traveled through Mexico. It fulfilled two roles: inspiration and transportation logistics. After a couple days in a town, we'd look through the book for other interesting destinations nearby. When we found one, we'd use the book to find out bus times/locations and the approximate cost. When we arrived at a new place, the book went into the backpack until it was time to move on.

It would take an encyclopedia to explain all of the attractions in every city in Mexico, and I don't think this book tries to. What it does try to do (and succeeds) is to give you the feel of each region and town(ie. food, weather, general activities, friendliness of the people), some examples of representative hotels/restaurants/attractions(number proportional to size of town), and great info on transportation(bus station location, length of travel, price, buy in advance?, frequency of buses).

It lacks in historical background and I don't blame it. If I want to learn about Mexican culture from a book, I'll sit on the couch at home. This book gave me much needed direction (in 2 respects of the word) but it let me discover the country for myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Reynolds on 22 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I believe the title is far more revealing than one might imagine. On the whole, I would highly recommend this book as a foundation or starting place for a trip to Mexico; though inevitably for a general guide, bredth of information surpasses depth.

The book is broken down into rather helpful zones or regions of the country, making the act of planning far more convenient. Each zone is subcategorised into cities and towns (most with a street map of the town centre). This precedes a broad description of the history and points of interest in the town, then a list of some of the better eateries, hotels, transport links, and nightlife. Beware, however - details about bus times and such like can change often - note the year of publication of your edition, and do not assume that all the details will still ring true!

The descriptions of tourist hot-spots are fine, if a little short, with only the major attractions given more than a paragraph or two. The likes of Chapultepec, Chitchen Itza, and the Frida Kahlo museum are all given special highlighted sections, catering very much for the standard tourist trail. For the more adventurous and foot-loose, this guide is excellent at providing the bare bones of how to get around Mexico: it contains enough to be a worthwhile companion, but I strongly suggest more specialised, detailed additional literature for whatever region you find yourself in. The Rough Guide to Mexico can occasionally throw curve-balls, such as 'there are several contempary Maya villages in the vicinity' with no explanation as to where, which offer a better visit, and which can not in fact abide visitors at all! Actually, such places get token mentions only. The areas of Bajio surrounding Copper Canyon are minimally described - only the train route gets much of nod.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Lowes on 9 Feb 2009
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Took this book on a 2-week trip round Mexico. It was generally very accurate (with one or two exceptions) and extremely useful.

In particular:
- the maps are much better than the usual Rough Guide ones - for a given city, they actually cover nearly all the areas you are likely to visit. This was a pleasant surprise (after previously using e.g. the Rough Guides to the USA and Canada which had practically useless ones).
- the tone is less "crusty" than some of the other Rough Guides: although the book doesn't exactly sing the praises of the tourist traps like Cancun, the information is still all there and it doesn't lecture the reader on why it's a terrible idea; if anything it could sometimes have been a little more critical as we felt some places were mildly overrated (e.g. Playa del Carmen).
- travel information (bus timetables, details of how the different transport options work) were pretty accurate and comprehensive.
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