The Rough Guide to Mexico (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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It would take an encyclopedia to explain all of the attractions in every city in Mexico, and I don't think this book tries to. What it does try to do (and succeeds) is to give you the feel of each region and town(ie. food, weather, general activities, friendliness of the people), some examples of representative hotels/restaurants/attractions(number proportional to size of town), and great info on transportation(bus station location, length of travel, price, buy in advance?, frequency of buses).
It lacks in historical background and I don't blame it. If I want to learn about Mexican culture from a book, I'll sit on the couch at home. This book gave me much needed direction (in 2 respects of the word) but it let me discover the country for myself.
The book is broken down into rather helpful zones or regions of the country, making the act of planning far more convenient. Each zone is subcategorised into cities and towns (most with a street map of the town centre). This precedes a broad description of the history and points of interest in the town, then a list of some of the better eateries, hotels, transport links, and nightlife. Beware, however - details about bus times and such like can change often - note the year of publication of your edition, and do not assume that all the details will still ring true!
The descriptions of tourist hot-spots are fine, if a little short, with only the major attractions given more than a paragraph or two. The likes of Chapultepec, Chitchen Itza, and the Frida Kahlo museum are all given special highlighted sections, catering very much for the standard tourist trail. For the more adventurous and foot-loose, this guide is excellent at providing the bare bones of how to get around Mexico: it contains enough to be a worthwhile companion, but I strongly suggest more specialised, detailed additional literature for whatever region you find yourself in. The Rough Guide to Mexico can occasionally throw curve-balls, such as 'there are several contempary Maya villages in the vicinity' with no explanation as to where, which offer a better visit, and which can not in fact abide visitors at all! Actually, such places get token mentions only. The areas of Bajio surrounding Copper Canyon are minimally described - only the train route gets much of nod.Read more ›
- the maps are much better than the usual Rough Guide ones - for a given city, they actually cover nearly all the areas you are likely to visit. This was a pleasant surprise (after previously using e.g. the Rough Guides to the USA and Canada which had practically useless ones).
- the tone is less "crusty" than some of the other Rough Guides: although the book doesn't exactly sing the praises of the tourist traps like Cancun, the information is still all there and it doesn't lecture the reader on why it's a terrible idea; if anything it could sometimes have been a little more critical as we felt some places were mildly overrated (e.g. Playa del Carmen).
- travel information (bus timetables, details of how the different transport options work) were pretty accurate and comprehensive.
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A bargain guide .... a few years old but the basics in the country don't change!
The book itself is very good although I haven't read it all yet. The delivery was spot on and the product arrived in good condition.Published on 25 Mar. 2010 by R. O. Griffiths