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on 7 October 2013
I travelled in Peru for slightly over three weeks, partly on my own, partly on tours, and used this guidebook. I found it somewhat unreliable in parts, eg bookshop which it stated existed didn't, opening times for museum were wrong, bus office was not where the guidebook said it was, "friendly" tour operators who provided tours in English were unfriendly and had no English tours. The thing I found repeatedly was that recommended restaurants were not good. I also felt that history/culture sections at the back had been copy pasted from Wiki (or something) and that the writers didn't really know what they were talking about (eg "Along with Egypt, India and China, Peru is considered one of the six cradles of civilisation ...." And the other two are?).
Prices are generally incorrect, but I can forgive that as I tend to expect even newly published guidebooks to already be out of date on this front.
The writing style is "jaunty" which I didn't mind but which you might find annoying.
Generally not as useful as other Lonely Planet books I've used. I don't know what alternatives there are to the Lonely Planet Peru as I've only used this one. I do prefer the layout and format of Lonely Planet to, eg Rough Guides/Footprint, but I might try one of the latter next time.