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1. Posted by EasyriderQ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I'm travelling around south america for 6 months at the start of the 09. Are there any south american guides/books you would recommend buying to find your way around/ getting info?


2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Easyrider,

I started out for 7 months in SA with the Rough Guide. It wasn't bad, but I replaced it with the Lonely Planet "South America on a Shoestring" pretty quickly.

LP guide much more useful for backpackers, I would say. And it's usually very up to date.

Hope that helps.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3898 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I prefer Lonely Planet to Rough Guides- I think the format is much better and the practical info tends to be much more useful. I haven't been to SA but if/when I do I'll definitely choose LP.

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The LP Guide to Colombia is a disgraceful POS-bad/bad/bad-way down below buffalo hell in fact.

5. Posted by BR-UNO (Inactive 31 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey Stephen,
The LP Country guide to Brazil, reviewed in January 2008 is pretty good.

6. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I was a Rough Guide fan through and through until I went to central America when I found that the Rough Guide to Mexico just didn't cut it. I managed, but kept nipping into book shops to look up in the LP! The Americans are closer, I guess....

Even an antique Guatemala, Belize & Yucatan LP was more useful for the bits that crossed over.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 30, 2008, at 9:20 AM by claireh ]

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1034 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well the LP Colombia is at the centre of a controversy right now... A contributing correspondent published a book that held that much of the info in LPs is second or even third hand(which tracks with my experience with the books...I won't carry those atrocious things anywhere). The Colombian version was at the heart of the whole affair...Apparently, this correspondent spent much of his time in a Costa Rican bar asking folks if they had been to Colombia, and then writing down what they said. He purports that this is commmon practice.

Me, I don't travel with ANY book any more. I do some research on line and then talk to folks as I go. The Book Folks just follow each other around....I find that I get sent to places where no one else is at least fifty percent of the time, which makes me happy. I used to like Rough Guides, though


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