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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides (Feb. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858288045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858288048
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I am a huge fan of the Rough Guide series of books. This was super helpful when I travelled through Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama. I am pumped to check out the rest of the countries in Central America. This book wet my appetite for more! Highly recommended!
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I found that the perspectives shared gave unwanted views of places and countries. This book almost made me not want to travel - instead I picked up the Lonely Planet Guide (written with a much better attitude).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3bc3d2c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0xa38e4bd0) out of 5 stars Missing important details; otherwise OK. Aug. 29 2009
By Andrey - Published on Amazon.com
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Just returned from a 2-week trip to Central America. I previously used Lovely Planet guides in a number of countries, but this time Lonely Planet did not have an exact analog, so I decided to try the Rough Guide.

My main complaint is that the book misses very important details that Lonely Planet usually provides. For example, departure times of most buses are not listed. Where Lonely Planet would say something like "Departures at noon and 8pm", Rough Guide says "2 departures daily". This is not really helpful!

Also accommodation prices are not quoted, instead they provide the number-coded price category. Why generalize, when you can provide actual prices? Lonely Planet gives actual prices and even though they sometimes go up between the moment of publication and your check-in, it is still more informative than a number-coded category (which is by the way also off in about 1/3 of the cases).

Other than that, the book is usable. So you might want to opt for it, rather than buy separate Lonely Planet guides for all the countries covered here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38ee288) out of 5 stars solid choice for the budget traveler Jan. 6 2011
By John Walzer - Published on Amazon.com
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With Lonely Planet in corporate ownership and skewing upmarket, budget travelers need alternatives. Rough Guides' "On a Budget" series meets that need. I used their Central America guidebook on a month's travel through northern Central America. Overall, the guidebook served well. Written clearly and with humor (but blissfully free of LP's jaded attitude), it covers all the high points as well as more off-the-beaten-trail adventures.

This is the first edition, so there are a few kinks: maps with places shown out of place; some awkward phrasing (e.g. describing Copan as "infamous"); listing only high-end places when budget options are available. I also have a beef with the two-tone (black/orange) text; in low light (i.e. most budget places), the tiny white/orange price circles become illegible.

One thing I miss from Lonely Planet is the info on population and altitude given with each town's listing. This gives an immediate snapshot of likely climate and level of services, and Rough Guide does not include it.

Most guidebook reviewers complain about the gap between a guide's stated prices and real-world prices. I was happy to find the situation reversed: traveling in low season at the recession's end meant prices were often lower than listed. Most guidebooks list high-season prices, so that was part of it; but shop and hotel owners did tell me business had been dead and prices lower as a result.

Slip Rough Guides' Central America On a Budget in your pack and you're in good hands. Happy trails!
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HASH(0xa349dc90) out of 5 stars OMG!! I would have died without this guide! Jan. 3 2011
By CANDACE - Published on Amazon.com
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Guatemala experience was crazy!! This book was very accurate in Hostels and attractions to visit. I went in 2009. So make sure u buy the most updated version. But I will definitely buy this brand for the next trip I go on.
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HASH(0xa349d8ac) out of 5 stars A great resource for us during our two years and Central America. Dec 15 2012
By pagerage - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I joined the Peace Corps and served in Central America for 2 1/2 years. We were in Belize but traveled extensively throughout Central America. We always found ourselves dragging this book with us when we left the country. This book was always pretty accurate and helped us out quite a bit. The maps were good and for the most part the information reliable. As you know when using any of these guides you're going to have hits and misses. As long as things are for the most part accurate I feel a guidebook is doing well. We found this guidebook to be really reliable throughout all of the areas of Central America. If you looking for a guidebook for extensive travel and you can only take one I would go with this one.
HASH(0xa349d5b8) out of 5 stars This guide is ok. Aug. 12 2012
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The Rough Guide is ok, it is helpful where it needs to be. I would suggest that they go one level deeper on the table of contents for Kindle so that you are not flicking through whole sections, but the content is good enough.

I have been using this and the equivalent Lonely Planet guide Lonely Planet Central America on a Shoestringand I am using them both for accommodation suggestions. Of the two this is the only one I can trust now. Some of the Lonely Planet suggestions and pick of the days are laughable they are so bad.

So if it is a choice between this guide and the Lonely Planet, I say go with this one.