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The Rough Guide to Peru (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 28 Sep 2006


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 6 edition (28 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184353620X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843536208
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Rough Guides are consistently readable, informed and, most crucially, reliable' - Bill Bryson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dilwyn Jenkins has been visiting Peru most years since his first trip in 1976. During his time living in South America, he has worked as a journalist, teacher, film-maker, tour leader, fundraiser and rainforest development consultant.

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 10 April 2007
Format: Paperback
In my opinion Rough Guide is the best English language guide on the market. It gives a more balanced and realistic view point, with a great historical and cultural reference section, and is less prone to hyperbole than Lonely Planet. Having taught English in Peru for over six months and having used several guides I would I definitely recommend this for longer stays in the country. It is during longer stays however that you notice some discrepancies between the content of guides and what you experience first-hand, and I have tried to summarise this here.

1) Crime. Reading The Rough Guide advice on crime may make you nervous about coming, especially the advice it gives on Cusco and Arequipa. The book focuses on crime in these tourist hot spots but not, inexplicably, Lima - which is far more dangerous. Although theft can be a problem, normal precautions for travelling in developing countries or big cities apply. There is no need to be overly paranoid about it so long as you keep your valuables discreet (if you need to carry them at all) and don't go exploring any dark alleys late at night. I had no problems with theft over seven months, but I met people who had (but in those instances this was largely due to naivety or carelessness). I think violent robbery on tourists/backpackers is pretty rare.

2) Public transport. The Rough Guide information on long-haul buses is pretty lame. There are a dizzying number of bus companies offering pretty much the same service, and the price is usually negotiable. However, there is only one bus company to my knowledge that offers a direct service to destination, and that is Cruz del Sur. All the others I tried (and I tried many) operated like enormous 'collectivo' taxis that picked up and dropped off passengers wherever they wanted.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Paul Richard on 24 Feb 2005
Format: Paperback
Having been to Peru, I have several guide books to this wonderful country. This is the one I recommend.

What I like about Rough Guides is that as well as giving you potted information about sights and attractions they are very strong on historical and cultural contexts.
The introduction of the book gives you some 'must sees' and 'when to go' advice. For those interested in the Inca Trail I would recommend going at the end of October/November because this is the end of the high season and is cheaper.
The main part of the book is split up into Peru's different regions. There is a chapter on Cuzco, for example, and the Amazon.
I mainly stuck to the Cuzco section. I used the books recommended trekking agencies for this region and was very
satisfied. At the end of each section there is information regarding train/plane and bus times. I found this essential, and Rough Guides are the best in this respect.
Another reason I liked this guidebook is it's 'reading list' towards the back of the book. In this section, the editor recommends reading material. Using this as a cue I read the Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant 'Aunt Julia and the Script Writer' which really brought Lima to life.
There is also a short section on Peruvian food and wine. I did not try any of the recipes but I think this is a good idea.

I do have some slight criticisms of the book. It should have a larger section on 'Crimes and annoyances'. People do have problems in Peru, but with common sense you should have a great time. I recommend that you learn a bit of Spanish, do not stand out as a tourist and make yourself aware of scams.
My other criticism is that Rough Guides can sometimes be a bit political and left field. Please, let the reader make it's own mind up!

All in all, I found this guide to be very useful. You can enjoy reading it before your trip to Peru, and as invaluable and entertaining read whilst you are there.

Enjoy your trip!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Archaeotype on 19 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
I carried both this Rough Guide and the Footprint guide with me on a recent trip to Peru. In comparison, I found that the Rough Guide contained lots of annoying small editorial errors, e.g. a map printed the wrong way up, and was also often factually a bit out of date. However, the descriptions of the sights are covered in much more detail, as is the background info to Peru. It seems to me that the Rough Guide editors have done their homework on Peru, but perhaps not so much "fieldwork", meaning they don't seem to have checked the facts on the ground very thoroughly.

In the end I found it useful to have both guides: the Footprint for accurate travel info and the Rough Guide for more detailed descriptions of the sights.
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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct 2000
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I found Rough Guide to Peru to be very useful in my short stay. I stayed in Lima, and went to Cuzco for a few days so i have not used the book to it`s fullest extent. I was staying with Peruvian families while I was there, so I didn't get to check out accommodation over there, but from what other travellers said, the rough guide offers a fairly good description of what most of the hostels are like ( ie, no hot water, uncomfortable beds). One thing I did notice, was that in the guide, when it comes to eating out, the book mentions that for $3 it is possible to eat out and get a three course meal, I managed to get a three course meal for 3 soles, (£0.60) in the back streets of Cuzco, just of the main square in the town centre. This may have been because I was with locals, so i got charged local prices. That's the other thing I noticed about Peru, if you travel around with locals, life is allot cheaper, and also you get treated with allot more respect. Travellers have to pay at least 5 times the price for everything, espeacially taxi`s, hostels and food. The book does not really explain this, I found that allot of travellers stuck out like sore thumbs, because they went round with their back packs and cameras, so they are the first to be attacked, mugged or generally hassled. If you are a traveller, I would strongly recommend finding somewhere to leave your bags, and take a smaller bag out with you to put your camera and guide book in and try and meet some locals especially in Cuzco. This way, you will not only see more of the local sites, but also have a cheaper stay. So over all the rough guide to Peru was very good, and covered most details.
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