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Brazil (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741042976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741042979
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book seemed written by journalists who had visited Brazil for a month or two to do a job, not by people who really knew and love the country. It is bad on Sao Paulo and Recife. No great places for the famous nightlife in these cities and the choice of places to eat was very boring. I found the information on Brazilian life and history in the front boring too - no color or style and very expected. And yet Brazil is not predictable at all. The entries for Rio were the same - the ground was covered but the choice of clubs and restaurants was standard - nothing really special for a night out. Good maps though.
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Used it in January 2009 for Rio and Sao Paulo and it wasn't useful at all. It's more like yellow pages than a guide. I much prefer guides that give you some advice, an itinerary and places you have to see. It might be better for the rest of Brazil but I wouldn't recommend it for Rio and Sao Paulo.
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When I travel to new countries, and I have been to quite a few; not just backpacking but also to live and work and to get to know the areas where I go, I have invariably taken with me a copy of the Lonely Planet.

The guide for Brazil was the first guidebook I had bought as it was the first time I had ever travelled abroad. Believe me, it helped!!! In spite of what the above reviewer says, it gives a good range of hotels and it gives a good range of ideas of where to go and what to see (by the way, in Shanghai for example the LP suggested for those inclined to try it, to stay out in the 5* Grand Hyatt hotel whilst I was there... something I did and, as I am unaccostomed to staying in such luxury, I probably wouldn't have done it!). If you are not confident in yourself for reasons such as language or knowledge of the place, then I would say that the book is fantastic.

I am going back to Brazil now after five years away amd this time I will be living there. I love the country and I have got a good knowledge of it, but I have got this updated copy anyway. I don't think I will use it quite so heavily as the first time I was there, but the fact is that it does contain great ideas as to excursions to go on and places to stay. What the reviewer above does not appreciate is the fact that the LP books, and this LP Brazil book in question, are GUIDE books. They don't pretend to have any great insights into countries.

For sure, to have a comprehensive idea about the history of Brazil, you would need a much thicker book! But then again, if you are interested in that, you should buy it seperately!! Indeed, in regards to this, reading through the pages that give a BASIC outline to the history of Brazil, if anything they actually make you curious to go and read further information. Afterall, whether you are a backpacker or a general tourist, you generally don't want to carry around a massive book everywhere you go.
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I used this guide during the planning of my 3-week treck in Brazil and during my stay there. I had it with me 24/7 and without it I wouldn't have done it. It's by no means perfect and I've given my feedback to Lonely Planet but really the omissions/errors are rare and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to mates.
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2006
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I really enjoyed this guide. been travelling around all over brazil and i found it really good. a must have for travellers. bruno
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