Travel Guides???

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Travel Guides???

1. Posted by mshaw1983 (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lonely Planet (SA on shoestring), Rough Guide (SA) or Footprint (SA Handbook) that is the question???

2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My best friend when travelling the world is my Lonely Planet travel book.
Its easy to understand and its got ALL and Everything you can think off to answer all your travel questions including maps of the countries and towns.
ALL Airports,Bus/Train Stations and Guesthouses,Hotels are all clearly identified on the map so you know which street to look for when you come into a new town or city which saves so much precious time.
Each Gueathouse/Hotel has its price next to it and Number of rooms be they dorm or s/double en-suite etc so you know what you are after and going to pay before you go their.
Its got the distances between countries and Cities and time taken by bus or train and the timetables of bus and trains so you know what time to get up and how long you will be on one.
Its got information on towns so you know where not to go and a few times on my travels I think it saved my life as I strayed into wrong areas but remembered from reading LP so done a very quick runner!!!.
Lonely Planet South America is a gem so dont leave without it.
That has answered your question so have a great trip and enjoy your SA travels.
al de bes

3. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lonely Planet all the way

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm a Rough Guide girl. :) Just bought the RG to SA and it's great! I'm not really sure why I prefer the RGs to Lonely PLanets - for a start I think they are just more interesting, and I really like the way they are put together. I've always found them more of a travel companion than a travel guide. ;)

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm a six travel book a day man myself!!!
Seriously, I generally prefer Lonely Planet but you always meet people on the road with different guide books so you can easily exchange for a quick read.
If I'm only going for a 3-4 week trip overseas, I take a travel guide book out of the library and take it with me.
You have no idea the satisfaction a library book gets being in the country it was written for.


P.S. Library books appreciate a little curry sauce or beer drops splashed on a few pages.

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

On a shoestring is definately the best in my opinion, if your planning on spending a lot of time in just one country then get the LP for that particular one, the Brazil one was pretty good for me.

My feelings are they are a neccessary evil though


7. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I like Lonely Planet's Shoestring all-in-one, but I think it is partly because I'm used to their format, organization, etc. I had several people tell me they thought Shoestrings aren't the best with one exception; SOUTH AMERICA.

Having just finished a year in South America traveling with the LP Shoestring, I would have done it differently. Even though the country specific books (Peru, Ecuador, etc.) are updated less frequently than the big one, and more costly (when you travel to more than two or three countries), I'd still have preferred to have the country-specific books. You can always get details such as bus schedules, etc. on the ground.

And what about outdated prices? If you are looking at hostels, for example, and a book offers a range of prices, chances are all the prices went up but the cheapest in the older guidebook, while now higher, will likely still be at the bottom of the range.

Hope that makes sense and helps.

8. Posted by travelchic (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I like Lonely Planet. However, when my boyfriend and I are planning our Argentina & Chile trip now, and we practically bought every major guidebook and READ them. I must say that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Footprint Patagonia -- everything you need and nothing more nothing less. Colored coded and extremely easy to look up things!!!

Our trip will start Dec. 13, and we will bring both Lonely Planet and Footprint with us, and leave everything else home...


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

LP is the best format travel guide but without a doubt i would recommend footprint, also they release a new version version every year

10. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Actually, take one or all three of the guides if a first or second time traveller, as well bookstores and offer country and city specific guidebooks for those planning to stay long term in one country or region, giving more detail. Also try and purchase maps of countries, regions and cities you are going to visit as well. Remember in Latin America addresses and phone numbers can change overnight, no guidebook can be updated monthly, so do web searches, especially in Spanish or Portuguese if you are able (the best & most comprehensive travel websites in the region are in the native language, in South America only a small percent of receptive tourism is from Europe and North America)and join CouchSurfing or Hospitality Club, plan ahead and stay with locals and long term residents, avoid hassles of hostels, Latins are very hospitable people, yet a bit more formal, except in the beach resort areas, than their US or European counterparts on average.