South American Handbook 2012 (Footprint Handbook) Hardcover – 23 Sep 2011
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Stuffed with up-to-date information on how to get the best out of Latin America. --The Daily Telegraph, UK
About the Author
Ben Box has been working on the South American Handbook for over 30 years and is a Latin America expert. Ben has contributed to newspapers, magazines and learned tomes, usually on the subject of travel, and has also been involved in Footprint's Central America & Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Brazil and Peru since their inception. Having a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese studies from London University, Ben maintains a strong interest in Latin American literature and culture.
Top Customer Reviews
The hardcover makes very little difference to weight whilst protecting the book (needed when in/out of your bag all the time!)
Very thorough, although sometimes a little too in-depth regarding the historical facts of towns/cities.
The hostel guide is fairly accurate but sometimes it's worth double-checking online for reviews like hostelbookers.com etc as you should never rely on a single source for info when in a foreign place. Things like 'practical information' is pretty up to date, but did find even for a 2012 booked saying facts like: 'No ATM in town' when in fact there was one, not helpful. There you go.
Overall a great book and i rate better than Lonely Planet which seems to be geared towards slightly naive-minded travellers & graduates. Just my opinion.
If you're going to South America, buy it, you won't regret it.
Also helps to give an idea for what can be easily organised during a trip and what may need planning before a trip.
I have given it 2 stars because the restaurant recommendations are good for smaller towns and villages (NOT cities -I got the feeling that the author didn't bother eating at any of the places which featured in the listings, choosing to recommend any old place only because he had to). The other star goes for mentioning which hostels/hotels have parking -a godsend for anyone travelling by motorcycle/car (which I was). No other comprehensive guidebook features this information.However, I had to borrow other travellers' Lonely Planet guides if I wanted to extract any useful information on places...
There was hardly any background/historical information on cities/sites etc, bus schedules were erroneous and the hostel recommendations were a lot worse than the recommendations you find on [...] or [...] (I ended up just using the aforementioned websites as the book was useless).
This guide is completely unbiased, so places are presented to you with little to no descriptive clues... So if time is of the essence (which it always is when you're on the road -even if you're travelling for 6 months +) you have absolutely no pointers on what places are worth visiting. I ended up wasting *A LOT* of time visiting places that are not on the tourist circuit...for very good reason... Sometimes you just want people to cut to the chase and give it to you as it is. For this, I found borrowing other peoples' Lonely Planet guides invaluable...Read more ›