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1. Posted by polola (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi everyone...I'm ecuadorian and student exchange in USA, I'm planning to go back my country next june so I'd like to travel around south america before to get home, I dont know but there is somebody to reccomend me a good travel hand book or any tips to organize my trip? I will go alone...

2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You do mean South America as in Columbia,Brazil etc.
The best and only guidebook for your trip home is a Lonely Planet South America Guide book.
Its mainly for budget travellers and its got everything you want for travelling be it bus/train/flights fares,routes and accomodation be it hostels or hotels from cheapest to midrange.
Its got a wealth of info for each country and visa,border details.
A second hand one within the past 5-7 years is just as good because at the end of the day its still only a guide.
Have a great trip home.
al de bes

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

lonely planet south america is ok - good info on hostels, where to eat (just in case you cant manage to find this yourself), and good for transport info.... however i think theres not as much info about places to visit.

theres much more info in footprint, and rough guides is usually pretty good but i havent seen the one for sa.

i´m travelling with the lp so wont completely disregard it - but have met many a person who says the footprint is great. just thoughts tho.....

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

Footprint is far more detailed and they send researchers into each country and region worldwide to update, in Latin America prices rise overnight with inflation, some places move or simply go out of business, recently two travellers, members of my Hospitality Club, I escorted down to the Surfing Beach here in El Salvador visited the "$4.00" Surfer hostel, which is now $6.00 p.p. not including Surfboard rental, I took them to a local lady I knew who gave them a double for $15.00 included cooking facilities, ample space and 2 Surfboards for use. For those who do not realize the price of gas/petrol and diesel is sky high in Central America now and affecting all prices for goods and services.. if you are lucky enough to find a $4.00 room, it most often will not be too sanitary, and in a city most probably in a dangerous area. One can find really nice guest houses and b and b's througout Latin America in the $12.00-$20.00 range double occupancy, always travel with a friend and share room costs.
For Mexico, Guatemala or Nicaragua also recommend Moon's Guides..thoroughly researched. Most large Bookstores such as Barne's and Noble in the US/Canada carry all different types of Guidebooks many Country and City specific as well as Maps. Shop around.