The Rough Guide to Brazil Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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Maintains the high standards established by the Rough Guide series. -- British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, October 1995 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Cleary is an anthropologist by trade and first went to Brazil in1984 and has since lived there off and on for six years. Dilwyn Jenkinshas been travelling to South America since the age of eighteen. Afterworking as a teacher and journalist, he has led expeditions to and madefilms with indigenous groups in the Amazon. He is also the author of The Rough Guide to Peru. Oliver Marshall has been visiting Brazil forwork, study and, above all, pleasure since 1982. He is currentlyworking at the University of Oxford's Centre for Brazilian Studies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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We bought it in the airport before going as it was the only book they had in the shop. We only needed it for Rio, Ilha Grande, Paraty and Sao Paolo but we hardly used it at all. I've previously used Lonely Planet and Footprint guides and have always found them to be invaluable.
Our main issues with the book were:
1) The maps are too simple, few and far between (there's not even a map for Ilha Grande) and don't give much info.
2) The lists of accommodation and places to eat are too short and never seem to include the best places that we heard about through word of mouth.
3) Advice on how to get from one place to another is poor and no indication is given of how long the journeys should take. This could prove incredibly frustrating when planning your route.
During our time in Brazil, we have been planning our trip to Bolivia and Peru with a Footprint guide. The difference in ease of use and quality is staggering.
I noticed that our hostel in Rio had about three copies of this book (but not one copy of another brand of guide book) in their book exchange cabinet...now I know why!
Just some examples:
- 'brazil is suitable for budget travellers' No, its not. Brazil is often more expensive then western europe, and everyone we came across said the same..
- national parque serra dos orgolhas near petropolis:he mentions one entrance, but in fact that are three!
- he mentions a hostel in petropolis close to the busstation, but the part of town that it is supposed to be in is 20 minutes from the busstation. But we actually doubt whether the hostel exist, cause none of the local people know it. And it is not on the little map provided...
- quoted taxi prices in rio are 2 times more expensive then in reality
- excellent backpacker hostels in ilha grande, paraty, rio, foz iguassu are not listed
- he mentions one boat going to ilha grande once a day, in reality the boat goes several times and there is a faster catamaran that goes 3 times a day...
- lines ad midday at foz do iguassu are insane, why does he not advice to go early in the morning, or in the afternoon? There is even a built shelter for the que, suggesting it is a regular occurence...