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This review is from: Brazil Footprint Handbook (Footprint Travel Guides) (Hardcover)
Brazil Footprint Handbook (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint Brazil Handbook)My friend and I took three books with us on our beach and carnival trip to Brazil, Footprint, Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. Lonely Planet is the glossiest and is well designed. But appearances are, as they say skin deep. The book was skin deep too and very uninspiring. Footprint was more honest, more informative, far more knowledgeable about the local culture and whilst it saved us money when we needed it too, the book is less exclusively leaning towards backpackers and gap-year students. Rough Guide was decent enough, falling somewhere between the two, but it lacked the scope and local know-how of the Footprint and it was much more exaggerated about how good places were, when they were often not so good at all.
There is no point in going to Brazil if you aren't prepared for the cultural experience and don't know how to find a good music bar or club where locals go, or decent place to eat when you want a special occasion. No one speaks English. You really need a book in this country. For Rio and Salvador LP and RG had some good cheap restaurants but nothing at all special when we wanted that splurge. Footprint was also much better for Bahia - where it found us a charming little beach place in Arraial d'Ajuda, a capoeira club which wasn't listed anywhere else and an amazing wildlife reserve near Porto Seguro.