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Ecuador & Galapagos [Paperback]

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June 10 2010 Insight Guides
A brand new edition featuring illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring the people and places of the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands to life, at the turn of a page. From the snow-capped peaks of the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the historic Old Town of Quito, all attractions are included to ensure you experience the very best of this diverse destination, whatever your interests. A special 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions not to be missed and provides the editor's choice of exclusive and unique recommendations, including the best museums, churches, markets, wildlife-watching spots, ideas for adventures and tips for families with children. An in-depth 'Places' section features thirteen chapters covering the entire country, including the Unesco Word Heritage City of Cuenca and the fascinating wildlife of the Oriente. All the principal sites along the way are conveniently cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps throughout the guide, to enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance. You will also find a comprehensive 'History' chapter looking back to lost worlds and ancient civilisations, legendary dynasties and battles for independence. Intriguing features explore Ecuador's people, culture, cuisine, environment and more. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides essential practical information, covering transport, accommodation for all budgets, nightlife, eating out, shopping, money, health, visas, language and much more, along with useful contact telephone numbers to help you book activities in advance. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, but Galapagos section lacking. March 19 2011
By A. Catanzaro - Published on Amazon.com
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I, too, have been a fan of the "Insight Guide" books. Along with the similar "DK" guidebooks, these are the best I have used. Maybe I'm a sucker for presentation, but you can't argue with all the beautiful photos of the country and it's rich cultural heritage. I purchased this book prior to a trip to the Galapagos from our base in Quito, Ecuador. There is an enormous amount of information of Quito and it's sights, plus day trips from the area. But less than 30 pages are devoted to the Galapagos! Most of the information is related to the history/geology of the islands and it's animal inhabitants, while ONLY 7 PAGES (mostly half pages of text with a photo or two) give limited information on the various islands and what you can actually do when you get there! I would suggest buying a supplemental guide specific to the islands (or finding one online) if you will be traveling there.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Available Guidebook to Ecuador Oct. 18 2010
By Soccer Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
I came to Ecuador on an extensive visit and searched every guidebook before I came. This hard to find book was well worth the search! It has a comprehensive review on the background of Ecuador and unlike every other guidebook, has photos/maps all in color to accompany much of the text. Insight Guides may now be my favorite guidebook to different countries. I haven't been to the Galapagos yet, however, everything else has been spot on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy writing along with great photographs Feb. 23 2012
By Chuck - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has lots of maps, and broken down the country into seperate areas. The writing is good, clean and crisp with a lot of detail given in a small area. Photos are very well done. I can't wait to go on our trip.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice and all but... July 1 2013
By Alon Ben-Cnaan - Published on Amazon.com
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it does not include all the nitty gritty of what is need for full on travel!
like the how to's, there and away, ect.
maybe if you are on an organized tour or something but not for backpacking or traveling by yourself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right Feb. 15 2013
By philp - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good resource for us and the information presented was concise, clear and well-illustrated. We were with a tour group but you could use this nicely if you were driving independently.

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