Lonely Planet Peru 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – Apr 8 2010
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As usual, the guidebook standard is set by Lonely Planet.-- Outside (USA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Born of Chilean and Peruvian parents, Carolina Miranda grew up in California, but has lived for spells in Chile and Iran. She received her BA in Latin American Studies from Smith College, Massachusetts, and currently works as a reporter for Time. She lives with her husband, Ed Tahaney, in New York City.
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the pros: the maps and city plans are substantially better than in the competitors' guidebooks (where footprint is severely lacking, for example)... lonely planet is one of the few cheap-o style travel guidebooks that gives you information on at least a few hotels that are not youth hostels, dives or other forms of bottom-barrel accommodation; in other words, they at least give you a few mid-range and expensive options if you wish to go that way... all the essentials are there, with great suggestions on places to sleep, eat and visit
the cons: as with ALL of the backpacker/youth travel guidebooks (LP, footprint, rough guide, let's go), the information on sights/monuments/museums, etc., is SEVERELY lacking... there is just the most basic of information on the history of the sights that you have gone so far to see... which makes it necessary to buy another book, pay an expensive guide or some such thing... (for instance, you will rarely read detailed descriptions of the artwork to be found in a church and are often left wandering about saying 'this is so beautiful, i wonder what it is...i wish the guidebook would tell me more!') i know this would make the guidebooks huge, but even 50% more information would be wonderful so as to have a little bit more of a grip on what you are looking at after taking a 12-hour bus ride through the andes to get there!
which is why, despite its quality, i always felt the need to take another guidebook along, just in case...using my usual technique of tearing out just the pages i would need from each book
I can strongly recommend sticking with LP regardless of whether you are sticking to tourist areas or making an attempt to interact with the real spirit of Peru by getting out and meeting people in the less well-traveled regions.
However - the rules for hiking the Inca Trail were changed in 2001. You now have to be on a guided tour, it is not possible to hike the trail alone. Also you are required to register for tours at least two days prior to starting the trek. There are plenty of tour companys - charging between [price range] per person for the 4 - 5 day hike.
Some thing else - is that when you fly to & from Cusco try to make all your flights early morning. As the ones in the afternoon are the ones that get cancelled more.
It is a very useful book.
Also note that Arequipa is a region -- not merely a town. I wish the guidebook had better expressed this reality. Nearly all of the "adventure" tours lie 5-6 hours bus ride away from Arequipa. Mind you, these are Peruvian buses that tend to break down. Allow enough time to travel between Arequipa and your adventures...
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It was a wonderful guide throughout my trip to Peru. Lonely planet is among the best travel guides with the Routard that you can get when travelling with a backpack.Published 11 months ago by ranna16
This book is an excellent resource for travels to Peru and is very well written. We will be taking this with us on our trip to refer to.Published on Aug. 29 2011 by BackOnTrack
I have used several Lonely Planet guidebooks, and this one doesn't disappoint! If you are traveling to Peru, this book will help you plan!Published on June 25 2011 by ekristalyn
This book is exceptional for any type of traveller. First timer or experienced backpacker. It shows you where to go and some places that could be avoided. Read morePublished on April 8 2011 by readingdevelopment