South American Handbook (Footprint Handbook) Paperback – 27 Aug 2004
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Written by an expert, this 'Footprint' handbook offers travellers a guide to South America. It provides background information on the area's history, geography and culture, and also covers accommodation, shopping and eating out.
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The nature of travel is good places get bad, bad places improve, the tourist trail changes. A guidebook is just a guidebook: don;t rely too much on it. Not book will be totally perfect. Having said that, I found Footprint happily free of any silly mistakes or ommissions, that particularly plague Lonely Planet's thin and incomprehensive guide to the region.
Footprint has great historical content, extremly insightful backgound information on all sights, great photos, good layout. I would definitely reccommend it totally. The only groups it's nmot so hot for is for youth backpacking, as it doesn't concentrate so much on the cheapest end of the market, although hostels are listed.
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I have found the information to be highly reliable. Restaurants and hotels are categorized into the correct price categories, addresses and phone numbers are as up-to-date as can reasonably be expected, and other important information such as bus route numbers, time tables, museum and park hours, holidays, etc. are generally accurate.
The book also does a good job in its descriptions of the sections of cities as well as highlighting the most popular and the off-the-beaten path destinations within the various regions of each country. The maps provided are also very nicely displayed.
If you are planning a trip to South America, particularly if you plan to visit more than one country, use this guide to organize your itinerary, and then bring it with you to make your trip more enjoyable.
The best part of the book is the way is structured. Once you get a feel for it you will love it.
You might need a detailed guide for larger cities like Buenos Aires and Rio.
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