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Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring 9th Ed.: 9th Edition Paperback – Mar 15 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1116 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9th Revised edition edition (March 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741041635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041637
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.3 x 4.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By M John TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2009
Format: Paperback
South America on a Shoestring (10th Edition/March 2007)Big Trips on Small Budgets by Danny Palmerlee

I needed an overview on all South American countries and i got what i wanted - the directory at the back, a useful overview of S/A is just what i wanted.

Like all travel books they soon date and each author of each country writes from their opinion, which is not bad, but as in all L/P books there is so much repetition which could be covered in see appendix a, b , c etc. We all know that certain places are dangerous (the world over) and that you should not leave your bag lying around at the station - we hear these announcements hourly at the airport!
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Format: Paperback
The book wasn't updated, the bridge over Suriname river in the capital Paramaribo of Suriname wasn't mentioned instead they recommend the ferry! Good for the beginner to find a place to
stay but otherwise not so good....
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c532af8) out of 5 stars Fine, but there are better Dec 5 2006
By Traveler Man - Published on
Format: Paperback
Used this book for a three month trip through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. A friend who travelled with me had Footprint's guide to South America. While Lonely Planet had far and away the better maps, everything else about the Footprint book was better -- more information, more current information, and most importantly, broader coverage! There were many small towns that were not even included in the LP book. Even in the major cities, Footprint covered more sights and did so with more detail. If you are picking up a second book for a trip, by all means get the LP. But if you are only buying one, go with Footprint until LP seriously expands this edition.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c532b1c) out of 5 stars Must have companion ... Jan. 9 2006
By Sharad Yadav - Published on
Format: Paperback
A travelers life support system. The consistency of the LP series across various continets is amazing. Some information in the SA edition is a little dated, but the locals indicated that small hostels and food places go in and out of business faster than the book can keep up. I particularly liked Argentina section (I just came back from a wonderful trip), the information was very correct and some of the prices accurate to the decimal. Needless to say, the maps and orientation information was extremly helpful.

Some readers have indicated that it is for gringos and doesn't cover small cities at all. I think a 700 odd page book devoted to a massive diverse continet can only cover so much. Books dedicated to a specific country are very very detailed and should be be able to satiate anybody's wanderlust. This book is supposed to help you with a basic map, transport information and budget accomodations. Once you've arrived and have sorted out the bearings, the book should rest in the backpack.

Eat with the crowd, follow the young locals for the best watering holes after dark and catch the morning bus back to the hostel.

Must have for people with itchy feet ...
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c53c2a0) out of 5 stars Practical but imperfect travel guide April 21 2007
By K.A.Goldberg - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a useful if flawed guide for backpackers and other budget travelers. This thick book (1,150 Pages) covers lodging, conditions, airports, regulations, and other vital information for 13 countries. The information is practical, useful, and substantial, and one can travel South America with this guide. But in trying to cover 13 countries the book is unavoidably limited on information for any one nation, city, or place, and the maps are at times less than adequate. There is also some out-of-date information (Argentina's Peso is NOT equal to one U.S. dollar) so travelers are advised to check other sources.

If you will be traveling to only a couple nations in South America you would be better advised to buy a travel guide for each country. However, if you will traverse through many countries in this fascinating continent, this book is still a valuable reference tool.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Laura Ramos - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge supporter of the Lonely planet series having purchased and thoroughly used (and enjoyed) a wide assortment of these books to travel the world. This book however was a severe disappointment that unfortunately can't be justified by simply saying it is out of date. There is much more missing here and the out of datedness is easily forgiven as prices go up, hostels close down, and new places spring up.

I found the section on Colombia to be the biggest joke with many basic details wrong, important areas of interest not included (Luckily Colombia has fantastic tourist information centers), and is rather thin in comparison to say Peru. This is such a pity. Yes, the book is covering a huge area but come on stating for the 8th time that the septic system can't support toilet paper being flushed down in the beginning of each country's section is a flat out waste of space- space that could have offered perhaps a little more information on off the beaten towns, food, or a larger city map (including the bus station please). I also realize that this book appeals to a wide audience from youngsters, families, and hip older folks who make traveling their mantra however this is a SHOESTRING edition, which means a unification of a common penny-pinching bond. Including splurge sections on hotels costing $80 or luxury wildlife retreats at $300 for 2 days is also a waste of space. Get rid of the chichi mid-range hostels; leave it to frommer's or the country specific LP books to include these. There is also a lack of information on how to do things on the cheap such as more creative alternative routes to Machu Pichu. I also became frustrated when towns were mentioned but not included on any maps or no maps included for significant tourist destinations such as Tiwanaku or the Chachapoyas region.

Overall the most comprehensive sections reviewed (that i visited) were Peru, Argentina, and Ecuador with Colombia and Bolivia sections on the thin side. Hopefully some of these issues are remedied in the new edition. I did enjoy the LP humor such as buying a guinea pig roaster as a gift for mom. If you are reading this review and considering travelling South America, I would recommend you hold off on buying this book. Pick up an LP of the specific country you are going to spend the most time in then find your hostels through hostelbookers or hostelworld and pick up free maps along the way such as at your hostel or tourist information booths (which are plentiful in S.America and always give out lovely free maps). Ask locals where the eating is good, the drinks cheap, and check local papers for stuff happening in town. Your $24 is better spent on traveling and trust me- your backpack will be much lighter without carrying this whopper.

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c503c78) out of 5 stars one backtrack mind Feb. 27 2006
By A Rising Star - Published on
Format: Paperback
this book was extremely helpful and informative. its history and description of the culture and landscape was a great precursor to my visit. my only complaint is that "shoestring" can be so objective. i didn't want to stay in hostels but still was interested in budget options. unfortunately, there just weren't many good suggestions for this level of travel. i think i'll need to write that book . . . "South America on a Cheap but Classy Budget!"