Best South American Guidebook??

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1. Posted by Foote900 (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi All...

I hear the lonely planet one is pretty good ...any feedback or suggestions?


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I liked the Lonely Planet South America ...On a Shoestring. It provided me with the information I needed.

I wouldn't put too much stock in the restaurant reviews. Restaurants come and go. And I always check out hostels or hotels before I stay in them. Much better to see a place, even if it's been rated well in the guide book, in my mind.


3. Posted by travo (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I looked into this for a considerable amount of time and have no doubt that the footprint handbook is what you are after if you want a guide for the whole continent. A new version is released every year and past problems involving there not being enough maps have been fixed in the 2006 version. And lets be honest it has 1600 pages compared to 800 in the LP shoestring guide fr the same price, roughly. Add to this extensive links to help you research your trip in the net. I would however recommend you check out the LP website in regards to booking into hostels. You can book online through their site and if it is a busy time and you know when you are flying into certain places you can ensure you stay where you want and in the quality you were looking for not just what is left.

4. Posted by mim (Respected Member 1276 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The lp shoestring is good for an overall comprehensive guide, but at the same time, individual country guides are often better and richer, and different groups do better ones for different countries, it also depends on the format you're after, lp is often simpler to access with clearer maps etc, but footprint often has better information...


5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I´m generally a Rough Guide fan and have used the Rough Guides all over Europe, but i have to say I´m not totally happy with the one for South America.

Have had the chance to look at the Lonely PLanet for SA, and I think its much more suited to backpackers. Plus, the Rough Guide seems to be slightly out of date.

Hope that helps! :)

6. Posted by sazaward (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Yeah I have to agree I am not a fan of the Rough Guide for South America. My boyfriend are travelling in SA now and we are looking for a swap!!
I hear the Foot Prints is best too, I would go for that.