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V!VA Travel Guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Paperback – 1 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Publishing Network; 5th edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979126428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979126420
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Burns on 6 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
We used this book when we visited South America last year. It was full of really helpful information, set out in a logical way in a user friendly format and not too heavy to pack in the suitcase. We used it to read up on the area before the trip but also found it particularly helpful on the Galapagos cruise, reading up on each island the night before so we knew what to expect. If you are going there you have to take it with you!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 30 Aug 2007
By J. P. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Really extensive information. Light on the photos but strong on content. Very up-to-date, much more so than most of the bigger name guide books. Maps were extremely useful while traveling around Quito and the restaurant reviews helped a lot. It's also really cool because you can visit their web site and add your own content on stuff, like if something changes or you had a bad hotel or whatever.

Highly recommended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Best Ecuador guide! 21 Dec 2008
By April Handtke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of all guide books I have used for various trips this by far is the best. I just wish the guide series was available beyond Latin/South America(hopefully in the future as I know they have been expanding)! The idea of having fellow travelors contribute as well as their website with resources, is a gift for those exploring a new country. This is the way all guide books should be written, it just makes sense to have many reviewers not just a small crew reviewing a country. In particular, I really appreciated the guide's references for hostels and restaurants. We found them to be very accurate and extensive. They guarantee this guide book to be the most up-to-date and it was. My daughter who had already been in Ecuador traveling for 4 months learned things along side me who had just arrived. I found other guide books on Ecuador to be good but only this one would I characterize as excellent.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Decent Content But Lacks High Quality Maps 19 Jan 2009
By Chris Luallen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Viva has recently entered the crowded field of budget travel guides. Their angle seems to be having the most up to date information. This may be the case as the guide I bought for Ecuador was the most recently published. I used it during a recent trip and it served it's purpose well enough. But still I found myself missing Lonely Planet's superior maps and more readable format. On the plus side, Viva doesn't have LP's self-righteous tone and seems like a good bunch of kids trying to write honestly about their travel experiences. I wish them well. But the next trip I will probably choose a different travel guide.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Viva Travel Guide Ecuador 20 Feb 2011
By Paul C. Isham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was looking for information about lodging and activities in the Central Highlands area of Ecuador and was having a difficult time obtaining a great deal of information from other travel guides. This guide has 46 pages of beneficial information about this area of Ecuador.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
In depth for Quito and Galapagos 28 Dec 2008
By Summeroz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recently returned from a trip to quito and the galapagos and found this book to be very helpful and in depth for trip. it had very detailed information on each island of the galapagos, different ships that toured the galapagos, different landing sites on the islands etc. it was amazingly detailed. I was thoroughly impressed. I was also impressed with the information on quito.

the book also had a huge section on language schools if anyone is interested in that. considering the large sections on these subjects I dont
know how good the information is on the rest of the country because I did not travel outside these two areas. but since the information was so good for these places I assume the quality should be just as good. They also have a website where they are supposed to keep updates and people post reviews. I bought this book right before i left so I did not have time to check out the website. But i think that is handy useful for anyone who may be traveling for awhile.
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