Every year, thousands of travellers head off for their first international journey, and Lonely Planet's new "Read this First" series equips them with the confidence to meet all the challenges they encounter on the road. This guide is the essential pre-departure tool for travel to Central and South America.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
By A Customer
This book is designed for a first time traveller -- over half of it was advice about weather, shots, and traveller's checks. Detail about where to go and what to see is disappointing -- it only gives a very general outline about it country (they seem to all have jungles, mountains, and ruins) and then recommends other guide books. If you are only buying 1-2 guide books, just buy the other ones.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
spend the money on a real guide book
By simon gurney
complete waste of time and money. wish id looked at the content in more detail before buying. i actually went through in disbelief at the scarcity of contents, compared with my other guide books and realised its exactly the same information which gets condensed into the front of other guide books.
lots of common sense information, only of use to someone who really wouldnt even know the first thing about travelling. this was the least useful resource in planning a trip to latin amrica, to the degree theres actually a lot of bad advice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Reader's Digest Quality
By A Customer
This is Lonely Planet Lite, all of it material cribbed and repackaged from other Lonely Planet guides on the region, and in many cases the summaries grossly distort what appears in the individual country guides. It's like drinking non-alcoholic beer--so diluted that there's no satisfaction in it--and some of the original wasn't all that great to start with.