Rough Guide Mexico 7e Paperback – Aug 21 2007
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Another frustrating thing was bus information. Near the end of my trip I found that they have information at the end of each section listing bus routes for that region, but in most cases not much information about schedules. When is the last bus of the day? The first? Can I get from San Cristobal to Oaxaca? Reading this book you would not know if it is possible, yet there are three direct buses a night.
The third issue, and possibly the worst failing of this book, is the quality of the maps. They are much smaller and less detailed than Lonely Planet's. In one case a recommended hotel was misplaced on the map causing me to walk around for an hour looking for it until I finally resorted to going to an internet cafe to look up the hotel's location on line. Also, the hotels and restaurants are indicated by letters and numbers on the map, but these are not cross-referenced on the descriptions of the establishments so what I would do is look up the name and letter then write the letter next to the hotel description for easy reference.
The index is also very poor. For example, I had seen some information about whale-watching and couldn't find it again. The index made no reference to the page I had seen, but when I finally did find it, it was a featured activity for the region!
The book does make interesting reading as another reviewer said, but I wonder if he or she has ever actually tried to use it as a guide.
At this point, the best and most complete guide is Lonely Planet, but this one is nearly as good. As someone else noted, it's a bit difficult to figure out the "key" system, but other than that, it's pretty good.
At the moment, I also have Fodor's guide, which is mainly for American casual tourists who want to visit in the American style as closely as possible, and are mostly interested in the standard tourist destinations.