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Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Travel Guide)
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on 30 November 2012
I found that there were relatively few options for a guide book to Ecuador. This seemed to be the best option, but not particularly inspiring. It was aminly used for planning the trip and seldom came out of my bag while we were in Ecuador. Would have liked more information on food and drink.
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on 12 July 2015
My wife and I travelled to the Galapagos and mainland Equador in 2012. We actually purchased the brand new pdf version while away. I can honestly say the book was next to useless. For example:

In the Galapagos, the Lonely Planet recommends three dive shops. One had been closed for over 18 months after they 'killed' a tourist. Another didn't even have a national park licence. The final one was very shoddy, IMHO, and we actually went with an 'unlisted' school. The instructor (Macaroon) was actually featured in a BBC documentary on sharks. There were other experienced divers that thought the same as us (Israeli, French, Argentinian),

We also went to Montanita in Equador. We booked a place based upon the recommendation in the book. Never have I stayed anywhere as depressing and squalid. A single 2W bulb, a dirty mattress.

The book is hopelessly out of date and is clearly not 'fully updated'. I doubt their 'journalist' even visited these major Ecuadorian attractions.
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on 18 May 2015
I travelled to Ecuador and the Galapapagos islands from March-May 2015 and found this book to be very outdated for such a rapidly developing and changing country. There is wifi to be found everywhere and the Ecuadorian people are very helpful, friendly and honest so I found this book to be redundant (I have depended heavily on lonely plantets in the past). If your trip is mainly to the Galápagos Islands this book is particularly useless and I recommend using trip advisor for recommendations and the many sources of information online and in the islands themselves.
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on 14 February 2014
This guide book provides a comprehensive guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Excellent recommendations and easy to use with good detailed maps.

If you prefer a guide book with more prose and detailed descriptions perhaps the best option would be the rough guide series. However the maps and extensive recommendations in this guide put it above in my opinion.

The paperback version is considerably more useful than the Kindle version
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on 28 November 2014
I like Lonely Planet guides and this was no exception. I spend a lot of time before trips going through these guides to maximise the time I am there. Sorting out what excursions are must do and which are not is best done at home with plenty of time rather than under the pressure of a tourist/sales guide.
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on 7 May 2013
Pleased with this, although I would have liked a bit more information on diving. There is some information on where to see certain marine life but I was hoping for a bit more. Other than that though it's excellent.
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on 11 August 2014
As always, Amazon and Lonely Planet both live up to expectation. The delivery was fast and ahead of the promised date and Lonely Planet, in my opinion, is simply the best travel guide on the market v
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on 3 June 2015
Brilliant book providing all the information I required for my trip. The book arrived promptly and is recommended as a good buy.
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on 4 July 2013
This is an excellent guid book, had all the latest places to go, I enjoyed using this whilst I was travelling in Ecuador
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on 13 June 2013
Just what I wanted for my trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - very useful - I used this every day while away.
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