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Peru (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  258 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Discover Peru
Bike, hike and ride a scary cable car to Machu Picchu on one of five alternatives to the busy Inca Trail.
Glide past manatees, dolphins, monkeys and macaws in the Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria.
Swill a scoopful of chicha - saliva-fermented corn beer - to earn the respect of the locals.
Descend into the narrow, hallucinatory underground chambers of the millenni
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Paperback, 6th Edition, 564 pages
Published April 23rd 2007 by Lonely Planet Publications (first published July 1996)
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Sean
Jan 08, 2009 Sean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People travelling to Peru
Shelves: travel
Good information and definitely wet my appetite for my trip here, but I found the prices to be about 30% higher on average than those in the book, due to (I think) Peru's currently booming economy (noted as the fasted growing in South America by a recent - 12/08 or so - issue of the Economist magazine). This is certainly not the author's fault, but it is something readers should take into account when planning their trip. Of course, I was only in the Sacred Valley, so prices may be more in line ...more
Adam
Aug 30, 2009 Adam rated it liked it
Prices are ridiculously outdated, particularly for flights and hotels. Otherwise, it contains a moderate amount of useful information. I'd recommend the "Moon" book over LonelyPlanet.
Jackie
Mar 07, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
Excellent travel guide--included a great idea about how to access Machu Piccu via adventure travel, aka mountain biking in the Amazon and then hiking some of the less packed parts of the Inkan Trail. It was helpful that shops had banners outside denoting they were recommended in Lonely Planet. Yes, it's a book for gringos--even my boyfriend in Peru knew I only read Lonely Planet because that's just what gringos do--but the recommendations appear to be flawless. Okay, now that I think about it, I ...more
Melissa
[2010.09.07] Used 2010 7th edition to plan Peru portion (approx 1 week) of our Fall 2010 South America trip. Sections used: Lake Titicaca, Cuzco & the Sacred Valley. This book probably contained the most inaccuracies out of all the Lonely Planet books we've used (We used it the same year it was published...). Some of the information about long-distance buses (for example, between Cuzco and Puno) was incorrect. Also, bits here and there, like the info for Huayna Picchu. (Book says first 200 i ...more
Katie Henderson
Jan 16, 2009 Katie Henderson rated it really liked it
The prices are a little out of date, but so far its been accurate in every other way. Some good tips about money counterfeiting could have been included earlier in the book. Its encompasses a lot, and its extremely helpful. Its organized really well. Its helped us find some really cool places, that we maybe would have skipped otherwise. The biggest price difference was the Nazca Lines overflights, which the book lists at around $35, but now you cant find any for less than $55 plus an additional ...more
Rhett Smith
Apr 09, 2016 Rhett Smith rated it it was amazing
esstential if travelling to Peru (especially as a backpacker.) Although, some facts were out of date.
Geraldine
Aug 28, 2007 Geraldine rated it really liked it
When I was six, I lost a library copy of a Babysitters' Club book during our family camping trip to Florida. As a result, I refuse to take library books out of state, and so this one will be staying at my parents' house during the trip. But it was good and lighter than the Rough Guide and I sort of wish I was bringing it instead...

(Best guide to Peru I found! And everyone there was carrying it in one language or another.)
Vanessa
Jul 29, 2008 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel-books
Rough guide is much better.
This guide has some different places to stay listed from the rough guide -- that's the only thing I would use it for. In terms of sites to see; detail; and political/historical context, rough guide is much more comprehensive and more left of center.

keatssycamore
May 17, 2007 keatssycamore rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Are you going to Peru?
We had the 2004 edition in 2007. There were problems. Like the museum with Juanita (the ice princess/mummy) had moved during the interim period. Get the most up-to-date edition that you can.

Otherwise, it was another competent Lonely Planet job, if not as irreverant as some others.
Susie
Jan 05, 2009 Susie rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
Only really used the section on Cuzco and while I could have used a little more info in some places (the tickets for seeing the ruins is a little outdated/misinformed) the restaurant suggestions were pretty good.
Jenny Kim
This rating is a bit tricky. The book is an informative must-have for travelers of Peru. However, it is a difficult experience to study the book from an eReader. Get the paperback and dog-ear the pages!
Beth
May 06, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The food recommendations were spot on. Wish there had been more information about getting around the country.
Tasha
Mar 17, 2008 Tasha rated it really liked it
I'm going to Peru! So I keep this book handy for planning my trip. It has been very informative so far.
Polarizedphoton
Apr 14, 2010 Polarizedphoton rated it really liked it
Very helpful, but prices, hotel info, and dining info is out-of-date and kind of hit or miss.
Caitlin
Aug 26, 2009 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Pretty good LP book. Maps are helpful, but some stuff is out of date.
Zack
May 17, 2013 Zack added it
Looking forward to visiting Peru to visit my father inlaw this Winter.
Tina
Feb 20, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing
soooo helpful while we were there...cant wait to go back!
Caroline
Apr 04, 2007 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
Book I used to travel through Peru in 2006. Excellent!
Jessyca
Jun 30, 2013 Jessyca rated it liked it
Still more to see....but helpful!
Nupur Harshita
Oct 17, 2012 Nupur Harshita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't do without this one... :)
Liz
Aug 13, 2007 Liz rated it really liked it
Planning for a trip this August!
Roberto
Nov 03, 2007 Roberto rated it it was amazing
COME VISIT PERU !!!
One of the 5 oldest civilizations on planet earth !!!
A country that looks mora like a continet, plenty of new expiriences and facinating places to explore, discover and conquest with your 6 senses....PACK YOU BACKPACK AND FEEL IT !!!
Denise
Jul 03, 2007 Denise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tomly
PERU here i come!!
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