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Antarctica (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) Paperback – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740590945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740590945
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobody covers the world like Lonely Planet.' --New York Post, May 2004

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An exceptionally good guide to the coldest, highest, windiest, driest continent on the planet. Transportation, history and wildlife are all covered to a satisfying depth. It proved the perfect preparation for my visit and absorbed me throughout the long flight into Punta Arenas. It is well-written and illuminating. The book is also wonderfully illustrated with maps and many fine photographs. As far as I have been able to tell, there is nothing that comes close to this and, even if there were, I cannot imagine it being surpassed.
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We bought this book to give us an insight prior to a cruise. This book was all we needed to understand the amazing Antarctia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great backgrounder 3 July 2005
By trystan - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you're one of the few actually going to Antarctica, this book will give you an excellent background on the White Continent. It's not necessarily the best for planning a trip -- you'll get more up-to-date cruise ship info. online. But Lonely Planet will tell you all about the different possible landing spots, which can help you choose which tour to take. There's also good details about the most common embarkation points for Antarctica cruises. This book was handy when my husband & I planned our trip to the peninsula, which we chronicle in our DVD "T&T's Real Travels in Antarctica" (also available on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Guide You Can Buy 12 April 2007
By Frederick S. Goethel - Published on
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I am involved with a Canadian research group that takes high school students to Antarctica for research and study. The Lonely Planet Guide to Antarctica was sent to us by the group to use as a primary source for learning about and preparing for the trip.

My daughter and I both utilized a copy of the book for advanced planning prior to her depature. She took a copy with her and I had a copy with me. I read the majority of the book while she was preparing and continued to consult the book while she traveled. I found it to have an amazing amount of information and I really could not find anything missing from the book that I thought I needed. In addition, my daughter found it incredibly useful as the ship she was aboard traveled from site to site. She could research the next stop at night, and be totally prepared for arrival by morning.

If you are planning to get only one guide book for a trip to Antarctica, I would recommend this book highly. Small enough to take with you in your carry on, yet large enough to be able to answer almost any question you can imagine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yep, this is what you should get. 21 Dec. 2008
By David Fulton - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just got back from Antarctica. You don't have much choice on guidebooks, but I felt this was really good. I read another one also. Several of my fellow travellers agreed. One person (and there is always one) thought it did not give you enough beyond the obvious information. Most of us felt we needed to know the obvious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best travel guide for Antarctica 8 Feb. 2008
By Andrew - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not only is this the best travel guide for Antarctica on the market, but it is incredibly fun to read! Much more than a travel guide, this book teaches you about the history and culture of Antarctica and its surrounding islands. As might be expected, wildlife also comprises a significant portion of the book.

A few shortcomings:
I wish that more detail would have been given to the sub-Antarctic islands. Wikipedia covers these in more detail than the book, and that is disappointing. I also expected more maps, particularly in the islands component. I would have also liked to see more color pictures and would have gladly paid extra for them - LP should realize that most purchasers of this book are not going to be able to go to Antarctica anytime soon and so we are experiencing it through these images.

Again, outstanding book - be sure to pick up the Falkland Islands LP guide if you like this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Future trip to Antarctica 29 Sept. 2005
By Katherine L. Lass - Published on
Format: Paperback
My friend and I are off on an adventure to Antarctica in February and this book offered by Lonely Planet and authored by Jeff Rubin has been very informative and helpful in many aspects. I purchase all my travel books printed by Lonely Planet.
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