Lonely Planet Argentina 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – Aug 9 2010
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About the Author
Sandra Bao's mom escaped China's communist regime after WWII, then hopped on a freighter to Argentina. After months at sea, she arrived in Buenos Aires--two days after Evita's death (1952). Mourning workers meant luggage wasn't processed for a week. Sandra's dad had a better welcome in 1955. Sandra's parents met, got married and had two kids. In 1974, Argentina was in turmoil, so once again the family emigrated to greener pastures, this time the USA. Sandra remains proud to be a portena and has often returned to her homeland. She's the author of Lonely Planet's Buenos Aires guidebook, and has contributed to Argentina and South America on a Shoestring.
Top Customer Reviews
I always buy an additional travel guide with a few pictures so I have a better idea but for general info it's a very complete book.
I also found the section on Uruguay very useful since a lot of travelers include that smaller country in their Argentina trip.
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The maps have fine print, black and white, and are hard to use. Buenos Aires has several neighborhood maps that are good to locate something in a neighborhood, but the neighborhood fragments are hard to assemble into a unified city view.
That being said, I do feel the place and attraction descriptions were accurate and it was a good source of basic information from which to start researching where we wanted to go. The maps and addresses were accurate.
It has a HUGE Buenos Aires section, but we didn't spend much time there during the month so I can't honestly evaluate that section. We did have significant difficultly making reservations in Buenos Aires because at least 5 of the places listed in the book were full.
This guidebook also has a significant, more accurate, and well-written section on Uruguay. Although I am not sure why they didn't name it "Argentina and Uruguay" since Uruguay is another country, not a region of Argentina. My friends in Uruguay were quite insulted by this and felt it was "typical arrogant Argentine behavior". The information in the Uruguay section was more accurate that the info in the Argentina section.
Lastly, I felt the lodging and attractions listings were mostly geared toward travellers ages 18-25. We are a family travelling with two children, and often felt it hard to find affordable places to stay that weren't party hostels among the listings in the book. We even made reservations and paid a deposit at a place in Iguazu and found out once we arrived that they don't allow children! It would have been nice to read that ahead of time in the book. And I felt that there were very few activities and things to see that were geared toward families. Surely they exist!