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Mexico is a heady sort of place; it inundates you with sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations. A dry text, no matter how informative, just doesn't do justice to Mexico's allure. DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide series, on the other hand, does. Sure, it provides the necessary data points. The "Travelers' Needs" section contains 168 recommended hotel options and another 168 restaurants--as well as a beautifully illustrated guide to the foods of Mexico. And there are pages of practical information on visas, health precautions, time zones, electricity, taxis, security, banking, communications, and the like.

But DK's guide provides far more inspirational than a mere collection of data. The two-page glossy color map of Mexico is not just clear and easy to understand, it's beautiful. The hundreds of color photographs throughout the book are exquisite, depicting the sere hilltop archeological site of Monte Albán, fishermen preparing nets on a Yucatán beach, the vibrancy of a fruit market in San Cristóbal de las Casas, the green lushness of the wetlands, the scrub of the Sonora desert, and the intense vegetation of the Tehuantepec rainforests. There are 3-D aerial-view layouts of towns and ancient sites, cutaways and floor plans for churches and pyramids, as well as wonderful explanatory texts for each region, delving into history, traditions, sights, fiestas, foods, music, and activities. DK's is a guide book that is actually a pleasure to use--one that adds excitement to the necessary task of planning your vacation. --Stephanie Gold

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...You feel, looking at them, as if you could close the book and step into the street. -- Contra Costa Times

...considered to be the world's best travel resource to over 30 destinations around the world, make it easier to plan a splendid vacation. -- North American Press Syndication

Both novice and experienced travelers will be captivated. -- U.S. News & World Report

Each book is a visual as well as informational feast about a particular place. -- The New York Times

Encyclopedic in scope, it's meant to be used before, during, and after your stay. -- Travel & Leisure

Eyewitness Travel Guides are marvels of writing, color photography and illustration. What makes these so special is their thoroughness. -- New York Times Syndicate

Hats off to DK for the Eyewitness Travel Guides...[they] raise the bar for all others. -- Dallas Morning News

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Product Details

  • Series: Eyewitness Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; 1st edition (September 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789446235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789446237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,636,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of great information.
Vincent M. Juarez
The Practical Information section at the back of the book lists everything from travel information to banking to health precautions to security.
Lynn
If you are planning to travel to Mexico, or just enjoy learning about other countries, this book should be part of your collection.
Amy González

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Mcfarland on October 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want the definitive picture guide ot the wonderful archaeological sights of Mexico, then this book is it. All the major cities are covered in spendid colour - as is Mexico city. The eidtors have done a wonderful job in bringing the highlights alive. When you open the pictures pages you will really want to see the real thing up close.
But outside, this area, the book doesn't really have all the information you really need to plan a trip and fully understand what you are seeing. I really like the Cadogan guide books since they are extremely detailed. This is a bit brief for my liking.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on March 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an essential for anyone traveling to Mexico and I will be taking my copy when I go. The numerous full color photographs are excellent and give a great idea of what to expect for each region. Eyewitness Mexico gives a great introduction to the history, people, landscape and wildlife of Mexico, sections devoted to Mexico City and each region of the country, and great information about restaurants and places to stay. Descriptions of what to see and do are complete and most helpful. The Practical Information section at the back of the book lists everything from travel information to banking to health precautions to security. The pictures and description of the different Mexican dishes are wonderful! There is a plentiful supply of maps throughout the book, but what really sets this book apart from others are the 3-D maps. These maps give the traveler a very accurate picture of each area portrayed. This is an incredible book which can be enjoyed while planning your trip, just to learn about the many facets of Mexico or after you return as a reminder of the people and country through its beautiful photography. This is the best book about Mexico I have encountered.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Z on June 12, 2007
Format: Flexibound
I love the Eyewitness Travel Guides, I already have some of them, and because of my great experience with them in Prague, Italy, Russia, and other places, I wanted to get the one for Mexico. But once I got it I was already disapointed by its size being half of the other ones that I got. The regions that interested my most was Guadalajara and Jalisco, which are only described on 2-3 pages, although being the colonial hartland of Mexico. A lot of emphasis is put on Mexico City, and the Jucatan Area. So if you travel there, I can recomend the book. For those who dont like to travel to the typical touristy areas, i'd say rather not.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Last year we went to our honey moon to visit Mexico. This guide has been such a wondeful help!!! We went around the country by car and we didn't have any reservations for any hotels, so we just looked at the Hotels and Restaurants section at the end of the book, and chose one. It is really perfect. We also loved very much the 3-D drawings of the main cities, where you could see the biggest attractions. These maps even show you what tour should you make by walking in order to take advantage of your time.
Finally the book has a lot of very nice pictures (almost every page has several pictures on it) and then it becomes an excelent source for choosing where to go by looking, and not by number of stars as some other travel guides do.
If you are going to visit Mexico, buy this guide, it's worth every penny!!!!
Good luck on your trip!!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Doulos on April 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
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Summary:
Every Dorling Kindersley Guide has been a great and interesting book... and delightful to have and use, even if you are not traveling to that location, but are only interested in learning more!
The Guides are well organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. They are beautifully illustrated, well developed with accurate information (it is unusual for hotel and restaurant information to be that accurate), have enough history to help the reader understand the people and cultural background, and have a lot of useful travel information and useable maps in the appendixes.
But, the really great attraction to this book is several fold; it is:
............Very complete
............Easy to read
............Beautifully and artistically completed
............Good shopping, safety and other tips
............Gorgeous photographs too numerous to list.
Summary Negative:
The country books are too general to really satisfy all your needs in any given location. So, if your entire trip is spent in Puerto Vallarta, for example, you will also want to get some other books on your specific location.
Guide Specifics:
The guides are organized as follows:
How to use this guide
Introduction to Mexico
Portrait of Mexico
Mexico Through the Year
History of Mexico
Mexico City
Mexico by Region
............Introduction / History of Regions
............Specific Cities / Towns
........................Introduction to Towns / Cities
........................Map of specific Towns / Cities
........................Tour of Area of Towns / Cities
........................Specific stops, historical monuments, churches, buildings, etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Mader on April 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
From Planeta Journal - Excellent! Finally a guidebook that makes visual identification and explanation its goal. Hundreds of color photographs illustrate the book. There are 3-D aerial-view layouts of towns and ancient sites, cutaways and floor plans for churches and pyramids. Sections include Mexican Muralists, Paseo de la Reforma, El Tajin and Antojitos (Appetizers), among many others.
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