Jordan (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 May 2009
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One thing I checked was the price level. In many cases the price to enter a museum or a historical site is still the same as it was in 2009. The typical price is 1 or 2 Jordanian Dinars.
[1 JD is almost the same as 1 Euro.]
One important exception is the price to enter Petra. According to the book the prices are 21, 26, or 31 JD for 1 day, 2 days or 3 days (page 218). But in 2010 the prices were raised dramatically, and in March 2011 they were as follows:
* 1 day 50 JD
* 2 days 55 JD
* 3 days 60 JD
This guidebook is in many ways useful and reliable, but I have to mention a few things which bother me. There are mistakes and misunderstandings which should not be found in any book - let alone in the 7th edition of a book.
Let me give you some examples:
(1) On page 131 we are told that "Christianity became the official state religion under Emperor Constantine in AD 324."
[An almost identical passage appears in the timeline on the bottom of page 40.]
[This is a common misunderstanding: The Rough Guide to Jordan makes the same claim - no less than three times: pp. 155, 265, and 366. The official guide who showed us around on the Citadel in Amman made the same claim.]
But it is not true.Read more ›
Still not a bad buy but I am wondering how other books compare...
It follows the normal Lonely Planet format with sections on general practicalities, background to the country (history, culture etc.) transport, health and language. There's a real scarcity of photographs, with just one glossy inset at the very front. This is based around the highlights (always rather randomly picked). More pictures would definitely improve the book. There are plenty of maps though, which are generally accurate and clear though the Wadi Rum does have some discrepancies - always walk with a guide if you're planning on trekking in this area.
The information is generally reasonably up to date and reliable but should never be relied on too religiously. But Jordan's an easy country to travel in so there should be no problem with verifying anything on which travel depends.
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