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Lonely Planet Mexico 12th Ed.: 12th Edition [Paperback]

John Noble , Kate Armstrong , Greg Benchwick
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Sept. 1 2010 Lonely Planet Mexico
Lonely Planet knows Mexico. Whether you want to climb mysterious Maya temples in the Yucatan, eat nouveau Mexican cuisine in the capital, or simply stretch out on a honey-kissed beach at a Pacific coast resort, our 12th edition will guide you through the best of this amazing country. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Tailored Itineraries to help you get the best out of your Mexico trip Color Highlights Chapter showcasing the top sights and activities Unique Green Index makes ecofriendly travel that much easier

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John Noble finds life as a travel writer the only way to satisfy his endless curiosity about the planet he lives on. After a Cambridge University degree in philosophy and English literature, he embarked upon a newspaper career that led him from Lancashire to Yorkshire to the Fleet Street "qualities," but increasing interruptions for explorations of the globe soon found John searching for a way to combine writing with travel. He paid his way around southeast Asia by writing special reports for the august Financial Times International Coal Report and sub-editing for the Far Eastern Economic Review, before Lonely Planet commissioned him to update its Sri Lanka guide. LP has kept John extremely busy ever since, chiefly (despite that Asiatic start) in the Latin world and the former Soviet Union. He has played major roles in eight editions of LP's Mexico, five of Spain, four of Andalucía, two of Mexico City, and one each of Guatemala, Belize and Brazil. With just one co-author (John King), John pioneered LP's coverage of the world's biggest nation with the epic USSR guide, a two-year project devoted to a country that decided to abolish itself while the book was at the printers in 1991. John then turned to writing guides to the Soviet successor states: Baltic States, Central Asia and Russia, Ukraine & Belarus. With his long experience of the above regions and of LP's modus operandi, John has been coordinating author of nearly all the above titles. John grew up in the cool, green valley of the River Ribble in northern England, which is still his favourite place on the planet, but his most memorable single trip was a trek from Ladakh to Zanskar in the Indian Himalaya, one of those regions where the earth comes a bit closer to whatever's beyond. Back on that first trip to Sri Lanka John met Australian Susan Forsyth, now also a long-standing LP author. They married in 1989 and for the past decade have lived in a southern Spanish hill village with their now-teenage offspring, Isabella and Jack. One of the things John likes most about writing for LP is the chance to get to grips with many of the subjects that fascinate him most, including history, the arts, wildlife and conservation. He has written in-depth sections on topics ranging from Spanish flamenco and Islamic architecture to wildlife and conservation in Brazil, Mexico and Andalucía, soccer in Brazil and the folk arts of Mexico. Lonely Planet's demands have kept John's hands pretty full for a long time but over the years he has also found time to write about ancient British mystical sites for the Times, soccer for the Guardian, Mexican travel for Livingetc and Planeta.com, and a range of issues from education to globalization, in English and Spanish, for the bilingual magazine El Gato Verde in Spain. He's also a photographer whose shots have been published in many LP titles and numerous other publications.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Oct. 17 2011
He's also a photographer whose shots have been published in many LP titles and numerous other publications, very tromantic. ONe of the best books I have found
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4.0 out of 5 stars On point March 2 2011
By Riddley Walker - Published on Amazon.com
This is a solid entry from Lonely Planet, judged against their other guides.

When I initially saw the size of this book, I was apprehensive about bringing it with me. It's kind of big for backpacking. I contemplated ripping out sections I wouldn't need, or leaving it behind. After 2 days on the road I couldn't believe that I debated not taking it. It's indispensable for getting around, and has a lot of great background info on the history, culture, and geography that you can read in your down time.

My only real complaint with the book is that with so many different authors, some sections have a stronger voice than others. Compare the easygoing way the Baja entry is written with the more straightforward Mexico City section. It's possible this might be an editorial choice.

It's a great book, and a great country.
Book the ticket, buy the book, and get on your way.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful but the Kindle edition can be improved Aug. 1 2011
By Carlos Espinosa V - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this guide for my trip; I have a kindle so I decided to use that version and I've found it very useful. My only complain is about the maps, because they use the paperback maps while the kindle could use more accurate or better viewing ones. Prices also need update, but I supposse that's not that easy to improve. I would recomend this guide to anyone travelling to Mexico. Don't buy the specialized editions like Yucatan or DF because those are extracts from this guide, so if you're back you already have the info.
Ah one more thing, I left for 23 days and used the guide all the time and never needed to recharge my Kindle, so no more heavy travel guides for me anymore :)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Guide: Very Pleased I Brought It Along Oct. 29 2011
By Charles Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this up on a whim in San Antonio before hopping a bus south of the border. I am on a two month meander through Mexico and points south, and taking this along was a last minute impulse. I'm a pretty seasoned traveler, and have been all over the world these last two decades, and rarely bring a guide. Chalk it up to snobbishness and a misplaced adolescent purism: I would avoid the Baedaker bearing masses and forge my own quixotic way.. An approach that I have enjoyed, and never regretted.

So getting the guide was a change in policy. I thought I'd see how useful it was. And it's been great. I've depended upon it for cheap but clean hotels, cheap but tasty food, and information on buses. In all three categories it's shone. Not a single poor recommendation. I haven't spent more than 30$ a night on a hotel, and am usually spending less than $20, and in every case I've had a clean room with hot water (you may have to wait a minute or two for it to arrive, but it always does) and decent WIFI. I'm currently in the Centro Historico of Mexico City, and am paying 16$ for a groovy little room. It's the first time I don't have my own shower, but I'm not complaining. I'm not here for luxury. Simple and inexpensive is what I need, and that's what this guide has helped me find, without stress.

The bus system here is mildly complicated. Mexico has an excellent system, one that shames and makes Greyhound look like the low rent mess that it is. There is a range in quality and prices - three to six bucks in a ticket price can often make a significant difference in the amenities of the bus. This guide doesn't go into all the complexities (as to the differences between the different companies, say) but gives good information on the locations of terminals, the basic range in ticket prices, approximate travel times, and approximate numbers of buses on a given route each day. This is all very helpful, and though approximate, it has still been for the most part correct.

As someone else has said, it is a big book. I've brought some multi-colored paper clamps that I use to clamp shut the sections I am not currently using. I also use paper clips, sticky notes and book marks; as well as a highlighter, to organize and mark pertinent sections. This makes it much easier to use. I have two well marked maps of the country that I usually keep in the book as well. As I go along, I may begin to tear it up a bit, and throw out parts that I will not need again.. I ought probably get rid of the Sonora and Baja and rest of Northern Mexico sections now, since I will not be needing them.. The clamps and handful of strong rubber bands that I also have along will help keep the remaining sections in proper order.

In any case, kudos to Lonley Planet for a fine and useful guide. I give it my strong recommendation. Buen Viaje, Everyone.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not yet perfected for the Kindle... April 29 2012
By radamz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
There is nothing wrong with the content of this book at all. It is just as one would expect a Lonely Planet guide to be. The issue is the technology. I don't think there are enough links to get you to the chapter you want quickly and efficiently. There is no index. I guess because you can type in a word, they didn't include one. This means a lot of fiddling around. I would prefer to just flip through a book. (Also, maybe the problem is that I don't have a proper keyboard on my Kindle.)
Also the maps.... Forget about it! Very difficult to read and they can't be enlarged. A function like on the ipod where you could expand a picture would be extremely helpful.
The short: Buy the book. Wait for Kindle technology to improve before downloading a guide book.
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance is Bliss, but the book is great Feb. 15 2011
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
I'm sorry but the above reviewer downplaying the situation in Juárez is dangerously uninformed. Yes, people cross the border safely every day, but that doesn't mean that it is wise to do so. I grew up in El Paso, across the border from Juárez. I've lived in Mexico since '99 and regularly traveled up to Juárez on business. I still regularly travel through out much of Mexico on business. However, I no longer go into Juárez. I personally know too many completely innocent people in Juárez who have been gravely affected, and even killed, due to the violence.
A big difference between the U.S. and Mexico is that in the U.S. we tend to exaggerate the news. In Mexico they down play it because of the threats reporters face. I have also personally witnessed occasions where gun battles took place which involved automatic weapons and grenades, only to see it either completely ignored by the press or extremely downplayed. I'm not the only one who has experienced such things.
Sure, you can enter a place once and very possibly have nothing happen... ignorance can be bliss. But the more you go somewhere, the greater likelihood you will have of finding yourself in a very undesirable situation.
If someone is really actually laughing at the supposed exaggerated violence, they are uninformed. Try googling "blog del narco" or "diario del narco". These are underground websites run by Mexican reporters who are actually trying to report what's going on. (And even they don't report everything.) The U.S. is unaware of probably 95% of the daily violence currently affecting this country.
All that said, there are still many areas in Mexico where you can travel and visit in relative safety. Mexico is an extremely large country and there are still numerous regions which have not been greatly affected by the drug war. Guanajuato, Puebla, Yucatan... Great places. However, the states of Chihuahua and Tamaulipas are far from safe. Personally, I think the best places Mexico has to offer are in the middle of the country.
As far as this book... Lonely Planet continues to be my book of choice for Mexico travel. They're definitely the standard bearer when it comes to Mexican guide books.
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