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From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for ne...more
Paperback, 11th Edition, 1064 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Lonely Planet Publications (first published January 1994)
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I think I should put this one on it's own shelf. I'm reading it but not as one reads a book for entertainment. I'm reading it in bits and pieces jumping forward and back through different countries. I may never read every part of it. This was a gift from my wonderful fiancée in preparation for our eventual trip around South America.
I don't care what anyone says. No guide book out there currently can compare to the LP series. They are hands-down the most comprehensive, thorough, budget-friendly guides on the market, and their recommendations are almost always spot-on. They only employ freelance writers, so we are getting first-person accounts of places and people and things. I'm forever indebted to LP.
Dec 03, 2008 Catherine is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Jef gave me this for my birthday. He wrapped it in a pizza box. Truuuueee Stooorrry. How do you wrap something in a pizza box, you ask? Well, you put it in a used pizza box with the leftover sauces, throw at the giftee and then leave the box in her car. So sweet. Anyway, he gave me the Central America on a shoestring for Christmas 2006. And a bottle of Sunsilk shampoo. Truuuueee Stooorrry. I used the book to plan the trip to Nicaragua, including picking the town we stayed in and the school we we...more
[2010.10.17] 3.5 stars. Helpful in planning our Fall 2010 South America trip (7.5 weeks). Especially useful for the countries that don't have more recent country guides yet, e.g. Brazil (current LP edition was from 2008). However, I felt a bit disappointed by the accuracy of the information for Brazil -- it was still better than LP Brazil 2008, but, it could have been even better. I hope the information will be even more updated for their Brazil 2010 country guide that will be released at the en...more
Maybe this would be a good time to ask for input (or mocking) of my crazy what-if-i-don't-have-a-job-when-i-graduate plan of language school and budget travel for six months. I almost don't *want* a job anymore... I guess I'm set enough on this plan to shell out $35 for a guidebook. And why does a BUDGET travel guidebook have to be so darn expensive?!

This is my dad's fault. I ignored his come-to-argentina nagging for YEARS and then I finally gave in and look. You've created a monster...

Jun 21, 2010 Shane is currently reading it
So far, I cannot tear myself away from this dense collection of details about traveling in South America. I am planning a 40th birthday adventure there and this is coming in very useful in dreaming and planning for that trip. Lonely Planet guides always include the best details on just the sorts of alternative things I am interested in--gay/lesbian travel, vegetarian eats, off-the-beaten path gems, concise histories, etc. I am sure to get a lot of use out of this one for years to come.
actually kind of hit or miss, particularly on hostals where it seemed a few years out of date (ps, the el dorado in bogota is a love hotel); got better info off the internet and in hostals as we went; plus, heard good things about the moon guide.
So budget friendly and it has all the info I need to plan my trip before i embark embark to the south.
Great read, now there is not a lot of information about La Gran Sabana, where mount Roraima is. My homeland has also inspired the locations re-created on the animation movie "UP" If any of you readers want to visit this magical place I humbly invite you mi casa es tu casa
Joani and I used this book to plan our trip to South America for a summer while I was in grad school. We still have the book -- its rather nostalgic of such an amazing adventure.
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