- Paperback: 1048 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (March 2 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741049237
- ISBN-13: 978-1741049237
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.4 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 821 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lonely Planet South America On a Shoestring 11th Ed.: 11th Edition Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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About the Author
A Hoosier by birth, Regis St Louis grew up in a sleepy town where he dreamed of big-city intrigue nd small, expensive apartments. He settled in New York, which had all that and more, in 2001. He currently lives in Chelsea and is a full-time travel writer.
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Notice the phrase, ¨On a shoestring¨ HA! Over and over it recommends mid to high range. Over and over it tells you, go with the most expensive. Or ask around. Well, many travel agents, hotels once they make it in, jack up their rates.
Most annoying, many of the recommendations are closed. And have been closed for years.
I wish I had taken Rough Guide. Lonely Planet is usually better on maps but this time many of the maps are off and travel times and agencies. Here they are often missing. For instance: in Cusco the book fails to note that almost all the bus service south to Puno and La Paz starts at night. I found one company, Libertad, during the day. Cheap but sooooooo slow that I missed the border closing time, had to take another hotel. Then I could not get the cheaper US visa at Puno because the buses to La Paz, tourist buses that will actually leave on time, leave at 7 30 and 8 am, before the Bolivian Consulate opens.
Rough Guide has problems with the maps too. And they are not as up to date as I would like. But the information, the sites (LP gives a very truncated version of what to see with recommendations to ¨hire a guide'over and over again) where Rough Guide gives more city recomendations, and much better background information.
So, until they update, go with Rough Guide.
Oh and I bought the online version too, Kindle. Dreadful. Each page does not have a chapter heading. You never really know where you are. And try searching. It gives you all kinds of tidbits but often not the ones I want.
Now, don't get me wrong, it is good to know the negatives of all of the places you will visit! I want to know that I shouldn't take unmarked cabs and that the border patrol is very likely going to steal everything of value from my luggage. However, the warnings in this book had me paranoid and quite frankly, afraid. I would say that I am a well traveled person and live in a large city, so maybe this book wasn't meant for me. Based on the title of the book, it might be more appropriate for people who have never traveled before, backpackers. If you are a fairly confident, well versed traveler, I would consider another book. If this is your first time traveling anywhere, this might be the book for you. I am sure that all of the stories in the book have happened, luckily, I didn't experience any of them.
Incidentally, I can't wait to go back to South America, but I will be using a different book.