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What Do You Think About SA Lonely Plant Tour Guide???

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1. Posted by kiki85 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hey guys!

SO.....Just got the Lonely Planet for South America!

and I have to say that i'm loving it right now.... BUT.... i few things i'm questioning:

1. What have your experience been with the Lonely Planet Tour guide book with accuracy?
a. When it comes to how long it takes from one place to another (i.e. from Rio to Sao Paulo it says 6 hours) ... is the book accurate?
b. Are the prices of rooms and food and ticket prices accurate?
c. Is the book accurate when it comes to which areas in the cities are safe?

2. What did you dislike about the book and why?

3. What did you Love about the book and why?

Thought that the best place to see if the info found in the Lonely Planet was right would be right here... you guys have been great before!

thanks guys!!

Karen :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 21, 2008, at 11:41 PM by kiki85 ]

2. Posted by kiki85 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

ohhhh and i just realized i spelt PLANET wrong in the subject line!! OPPS!! LOL my bad.... hope people don't think i'm an idiot... hahahaha

i'm sure people will get it though..... right!?!? ;)

3. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

First of all make sure you have a current year. Personally I don't like tour guides (probably because I'm not a tourist). But I have used lonely planet and it is relatively accurate. Don't base your life on it, especially in latin countries. No matter how recent, they can't predict the un-expected. Many times hotels close down and things change fast. It is nice to have some basic maps and phone numbers though...
Now roads on the other hand.... From my experience in all Latin Countries you will in all likely hood have delays. It is ridiculous and at times outrageous but any little thing or construction can back up for miles and miles. What lonely planet says takes six hours could take a day or two. I was held up between Bogota and Medellin for over 12 hours sitting on the side of the road. In Central America I was delayed for hours every drive, everywhere. Always allow an extra day or two.

Things were usually more expensive then in the guide. but not by too much. use it for a general range but don't rely on it too much.
Good luck and welcome to the forums!


[ Edit: Edited on Jul 24, 2008, at 9:42 PM by i c e ]