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South American (Footprint Handbooks) (Footprint Handbooks) [Hardcover]

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31 Aug 2008 Footprint Handbook
"The South American Handbook" is a legend in travel guide publishing. The one-and-only 'Travellers' Bible', has had its annual overhaul, giving you a comprehensive update of everything you ever needed to know about how to discover this fascinating continent. The new 85th edition is unparalleled in its depth of coverage and takes independent travellers away from the well-trodden 'Gringo Trail', off into the wilds of the Andes, up the Amazon River, or onto deserted beaches.It is known as 'the bible' for travel in South America. Fascinating cultural and historical insights to every country are covered. It provides accommodation listings to suit all budgets, from colonial hacienda's to humble beach huts. It includes detailed listings of each country's many fiestas. It is light-weight, durable and annually updated to provide the most up-to-the-minute information available.

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  • Hardcover: 1872 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks (European language editions); 85Rev Ed edition (31 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906098360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906098360
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.4 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about Soth America 15 April 2009
If you are planning a trip to South America please buy this book. Detailed writing very obviously written in a factual manner. Tells you where to go, when to go and what to do when you get there.

I was looking for a book which would not only tell me about places and events, but also guide me to which ones I should go to; this was the perfect book for me. It is also compact and easy to take with you

Once I found Michael Palin endorses what more do you want!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For serious travellers not Lonely Planet tourists 18 July 2009
The best overall guide on South America from the best overall travel guide publisher. These people have apparently been doing guide books on South America for over 80 years and it shows.

The depth of information is great - with loads of small print on travel and thousands of hotels and restaurants. There's also loads of cultural information which is just plain missing from the other guides. Unlike one of the other reviewers who saw the info on churches as a weakness, I saw it as a strength. I like architecture - especially Latin American baroque - as much as beaches and treks - both of which this book covers in spades. Don't waste time with Lonely Planet unless you want to end up in the some sweaty overpriced hostel packed with other trourists. This one will show you a better, cheaper one down the road with a far more interesting travellers and a often local crowd.

It's also the only guide updated annually.

If you're on a general trip it's worth getting this guide for an overview and then another Footprint guide for the country you'll spend most time in. Brazil and Peru are great country guides with loads of detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book but just not for me 2 Jun 2009
By Greg Wilcox - Published on
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This was a good book, lots of detail, but it just wasn't the book for me. One major complaint was that the book prices were all in US Dollars. Which is fine, but who knows what the conversion rate was when it was calculated (especially with the economy now). It would have been better if it was in the local currency also so you could convert it yourself if needed. The pages of the book were also very thin and I found myself tearing them when I was flipping through quickly.
There is a ton of information within the book, but it was too much info to deal with sometimes. Would be great if I was at each place for months at a time and I wanted to see everything, but I only had a few days so it was just a lot of info. Would have been nice to have some pictures.
Just as a minor note, there are ads spread throughout that are somewhat annoying.
But overall, it was a good detailed book if that is what you really want, but it was just too much for me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars South American HandBook was Just OK 15 July 2009
By Jc22ny - Published on
This was my first Time using the South American Handbook and while I had used their individual Country/City Guide Before with little complaints I was highly disapointed with this Edition.I felt alot of the information needs to be updated I have done some research and have found they dont change alot of the info year to year.Their Maps lacked alot many times and while they did Great Job on certain chapters like Lima,La Paz,Buenos Aires
I felt they did a Crummy Job with their Paraguay,Salvador,Caracas Chapter.Some of their Restaurant/Hotel/Bar suggestions had closed years before leaving you many times with no option but to go find your own accomadation.This especially happend in smaller cities/towns where only 2-3 establishments were listed and totally dispointing to find all of them closed.Yes I understand they cant keep up month to month but c'mon they supposely update yearly then this should not be happening.
I will say I think the book did particurly well in Giving you the Basics of a country Like Entry/Visa requirements,Airline options into the country,Brief History Plus I loved the small size of the due to these positive features the book didnt totally suck and gave it 3 stars.So Buyers Beware youre getting a mediocore Guide!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no no footbook 19 Sep 2009
By David W. Sudduth - Published on
This book is no good! I hate to say it but you need to get the Lonely Planet guide for South America. Footprint printed this edition without proofreading their maps. They have a description for hotels and restaurants but they don't appear on the if there was a printing glich. This has happened for just about every map. The information is stale...don't buy this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Footprint rocks South America, even if it needs a makeover 7 April 2011
By lolaburge - Published on
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If you read the travel blogs and websites, Footprint has the elusive title of best of South America travel books. For some reason Lonely Planet and Let's Go slack in an overall guide for South America. When I spent a summer there in 2009, it was the only guide out within 3 years of my travel date, an important distinction when traveling to out of the way places.

I went to Chile, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and (almost) Bolivia. Footprint got me around, and included useful transport info like the fact that people all over SA take colectivos, these collective public taxis and buses. Also, there are all these luxury levels of bus travel as hardly anybody takes trains in SA. At first I worried that the book would be too heavy to schlep around since it's hardback, but the pages are like Bible pages and very thin so the weight of it wasn't noticeably different. I didn't have a problem with things being out of date except for one hotel in Puerto Montt, Chile. But if you go to South America thinking there won't be one hotel out of business or, I don't know, an entire labor strike in Peru that shuts down bus travel in half the country-then think again.

My only complaint about Footprints in the general lack of graphic design prowess. I wish there were a better visual symbol guide for separating items and sections, instead of basic bold font choices. Also, I wanted a metro map of Buenos Aires and Santiago, but instead there were only neighborhood maps and the colored topography maps which are helpful, but not everything. Other than that, Footprints is a really practical and inclusive guide to South America.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South American Handbook 2009 18 Feb 2009
By John Collins - Published on
I used the 1973 edition way back in 1975. It was then known as "the Bible" for travellers in South America. I am about to go back for another visit, so I bought this latest edition and it appears to be just as good now as it was then. A lot of useful information for travellers of every price range. Highly recommended for anyone intending to spend time exploring this wonderful continent.
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