I have just returned from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (15.09.03) following the Andean Route outlined in the 8th Edition. I found the guide book to be overly repetitive and too vague. The editing of the book, spliced together from various single country guides is appalling. Inaccuracies include; prices, time scales for travel (which are annoying but to be fair not Lonely Planets fault) and maps. Some maps showed museums, banks and ticket offices to be around the corner, across the street or on the next block from their actual locations. The net effect was many hours of frustration. I sometimes seriously wondered whether the reviewers had actually visited some of the places they wrote about. I found myself continually asking other travellers for a peek at their Footprint South American Handbook or Lets Go guides, both of which were far more accurate and detailed. I found the Footprint Guide in particular to have condensed, intelligently written information devoid of extraneous warnings and humour. Eventually, I abandoned the guide and used it only in situations where I could find no other source of information. A definite waste of money.