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Not bad but not good either...
on 28 October 2009
We are currently travelling around South America for three and a half months and whilst we never expected the shoestring guide to give us in depth information about each country, we did expect it to be at least vaguely accurate. Whilst prices are of course vulnerable to change , putting things in American dollars instead of the local currency doesn't help, neither does its patronising or ridiculous suggestions like this little gem about begging ``Think twice about indiscriminately handing out sweets, or money instead teach a game or share a photograph of family or friends...`` !!!!!!!! Thanks Lonely Planet Ill try that in the backstreets of Rio! Furthermore we were at times left wondering whether some of the authors had actually visited the countries they were describing as their descriptions of some places (middle Chile in particular) seemed somewhat at odds with reality!
Overall the guide is useful for its maps, and its activities and sights sections are normally quite good but it just seems a little bit patchy to be relied upon.