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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848367465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848367463
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Cameron on 6 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this Rough Guide to plan my 4 month backpacking trip around S.America. I mainly chose it over the Lonely Planet as it was recently published so the prices and best places to visit/stay are more up-to-date (the LP is a few years old now). I've relied on it a lot for planning costs for trips and general living/travelling so I'm glad I got this one. I like the fact it gives advice about general matters (like money, crime, things to do/avoid) where relevant. I'm sure LP and RG are very similar for content but this is better for more recent information.

This is great for me as I'm visiting 8 countries and I don't want to have to carry 8 travel books, but if you're only going to a couple of countries you may want to consider buying individual books for more detail. Nevertheless, this is great for an overview of everywhere you'd probably want to go visit, costs and how to get there plus a bit of history/culture of the countries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geoff de Burca on 28 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I had the misfortune to have my Lonely Planet to South America stolen from me half way through a four month trip. I then picked this up in a book exchange, and figured it would be just as good. It wasn't, and travelling for 2 months with it was constantly frustrating. Bad maps, missing information, nowhere near as good details on transport as Lonely Planet, it was more often frustrating than it was useful. The Lonely Planet is much better - and probably best of all is the Footprint guide, which is excellent in just about every way in terms of the info it contains (although I find the layout slightly easier in Lonely Planet).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By xxx on 23 April 2009
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This book has all the basic info you need to get your adventure to south america going.
Full of useful facts and hints & tips, it sums up each country in terms of accommodation, food, place of interest and even details useful website such as for organised tours and airlines.
Wow, what a spectacular read!
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I have been travelling South and Central America for 5 months, and have found The Rough Guide frankly disappointing. Lonely planet, despite being slightly outdated, is still the backpackers' bible over here, with better accommodation and restaurant listings, more out-of-the-way areas detailed, and far more insightful suggestions and descriptions. I have met many travellers who have thrown this book away and gone and bought a Lonely Planet. I think LP have just released an updated version anyway, so do yourself a favour and get it instead.
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I spent 3 months travelling through South America and found this guide very useful. I prefer the Rough Guide layout to any other guide books and this is easy to follow and covers all the essentials. I particularly like the 'treat yourself' boxes which are often very tempting after spending months in budget hostels.
There are also recommended itineraries which can help when you are making it up as you go along! I'd recommend this to anyone planning a backpacking trip in South America.
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By KULVINDER SINGH on 8 Dec. 2013
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Only complaint is that the book is heavy. But it definitely helped me back in 2009. .Really helped me when I was travelling throughout South America. But to be honest , a lot of information that is up to date is available on-line today from a smartphone with a decent 3G internet sim card .....and much more convenient....
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