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South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) Paperback – 1 Mar 2004


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  • Paperback: 1116 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 9th Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741041635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041637
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.3 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By PelevinAddict on 9 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
I am far more positive than anyone else here it seems:
I used this book to get a better view of what the different south american countries have to offer. I did not expect a very thorough nor very detailed account of each individual country because it seems to me an impossible task to cramp a whole continent into a single book. So I agree with others that it is short on detail. But for me, not knowing much about any of the countries, it was and is an extremely helpful pointer to what each country has to offer in terms of nature, archeology and people, when the best time is to visit a certain country, how to travel through multiple countries or within a single nation and more. I now have a much more specific idea of where I would like to go (argentina or venezuala), and currently am simply looking on the internet and consulting more country-specific travel guides for more specific info. As to the style, it is very much like other LP guides (which I've used extensively in the past), lucid and very easy to navigate. Although with one that deals with an entire continent it pays to spend time on it; the info is condensed (an obvious example is los llanos, venezuela) so quickly glancing through the pages will make you miss a lot.
So if you want a thorough first glance into the south american continent, I'd most certainly recommend it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JA Stephenson on 13 Oct 2005
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I used this book for five months of backpacking in S.America and found it absolutely invaluable. Of course it doesn't contain as much specific info on the countries as the individual guides do, but when space and weight in your pack are important you don't want to be carrying around over a dozen books. It offers a great overview of the highlights of the country but I mostly used it to find cheap accomodation and routes/times/costs of the local buses. I can't comment on any of the itineries the author recomends, but I wouldn't use them anyway - decide what you want to see and go it alone!
On a side note, this is a fascinating and varied continent, on which I will always want to return to and would highly recomend to travelers.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct 2004
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I take issue with the previous critics. The writers have crammed in a lot of information into one book. Sure, the individual guides are better. However, most people don't have 100 quid to fork out for a whole Lonely Planet library. Also, how are you going to carry so many books with you when you're travelling? I'm in South America at the moment and this book has provided me with a lot of help. If you're going to stay in one country only then just get the guide for that one country. The Lonely Planet for Chile is especially good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Mullen on 8 Nov 2006
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Whilst travelling through Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paragruay and Brazil, I quickly realised that this book was not going to be much help 'in the field'. It is in urgent need of up dating; many of the hostels and hotels mentioned have either closed, renamed or vanished off the face of the earth. I used this guide to plan my trip, but upon arrival it did little more than fill up space in my rucksack. The maps are quite useful...to a point. Most of the restaurants, hostels etc are not in the right place on the map (which i found out to my cost when lugging my rucksack around Ascunsion). However, the layout is accurate and helps to orientate yourself around cities.

The information regarding major tourist attractions is useful also.

My main suggestion to anyone thinking of buying this book is: Buy it, but dont trust it... if you will arrive late at night in an obscure place, try to establish if the hostel you want exists before you set out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Mini on 6 Jan 2009
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I used this book alongside the Footprints book whilst in South America for ten weeks and using the two books together was the best way of travelling. The Lonely Planet is great for maps and the familiar layout is great; however, because everyone reads Lonely Planet prices are often out of date and hotels are often full up. This is where the Footprints guide book stepped up. Throughout the trip I never took one or the other, always both.South American Handbook (Footprint Travel Guide) (Footprint Travel Guide Series)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Richmond on 1 Dec 2005
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This is a pretty good book. Not all consolidated LP books are of equal quality, but I was pleased with the accuracy and volume of detail for each country. The crucial thing like border crossing points, times, and rough costs were good. Not much else really matters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Fuller on 28 Oct 2009
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We are currently travelling around South America for three and a half months and whilst we never expected the shoestring guide to give us in depth information about each country, we did expect it to be at least vaguely accurate. Whilst prices are of course vulnerable to change , putting things in American dollars instead of the local currency doesn't help, neither does its patronising or ridiculous suggestions like this little gem about begging ``Think twice about indiscriminately handing out sweets, or money instead teach a game or share a photograph of family or friends...`` !!!!!!!! Thanks Lonely Planet Ill try that in the backstreets of Rio! Furthermore we were at times left wondering whether some of the authors had actually visited the countries they were describing as their descriptions of some places (middle Chile in particular) seemed somewhat at odds with reality!
Overall the guide is useful for its maps, and its activities and sights sections are normally quite good but it just seems a little bit patchy to be relied upon.
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