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2.0 out of 5 stars A real let down., 25 April 2014
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This review is from: Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring (Travel Guide) (Kindle Edition)
I bought the Kindle edition of this book for our 6 month trip around South America and I have to say it was almost useless. Too much information on where to party, and so little information on some of the great small little places that as backpackers we are aiming to see and experience. Also I hate that now every city/town comes with a two page warning. Yes we are all aware South America can be dangerous but it's enough to put you off visiting a city when the description of every place and activity is followed by warnings of muggings and kidnappings.
I am so disappointed in this new edition, the information is minimal and vague, plus some amazing places are missed out entirely.
Also I would think this being a Kindle edition that they would be able to issue downloadable updates as all of the prices and info are out of date. Ie. The Quilmes ruins are closed due to a judicial dispute but if you walk the 5km up the road and speak to the locals they will let you in for 20pesos.
Will not be using lonely planet for my next trip.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2015 09:06:50 BDT
AnC says:
I agree that vague is the right word to describe this book. But this is true for the Lonely guides in general. It appears that the writers have no real grasp on the countries at all. Too many descriptions so totally wrong. You start thinking they have ever been anywhere!
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