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Footprint Argentina Handbook: The Travel Guide Hardcover – July, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Footprint Argentina Handbook
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Ntc Pub Group (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844249467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844249469
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,787,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Footprint Handbooks - the best thing that has happened to travel guides in years. Distinctive, amusing, well-informed and hype-free. -- The Business Times, Singapore

From the Publisher

Dear Fellow Traveller Thank you for checking out the Argentina Handbook. Footprint are an independent British publisher (based in Bath). We specialise in providing travellers with guide books that are second to non in terms of accuracy, recency and especially coverage. You will find that most of our guides are simply the most comprehensive available with in-depth information on history, culture and customs as well as practical travel information. Our major titles are updated ANNUALLY to ensure you have the best information to hand. If there are no reviews for this particular title we recommend you check out the reader reviews on the Peru and South American Handbooks which give a good flavour of how useful our guides are. Your might like to know that we also publish Chile, Bolivia and Brazil Handbooks and an extremely useful general guide to travelling: The Traveller's Handbook. Finally, whichever guidebook you choose, we would like to wish you an exciting, illuminating and above all enjoyable trip! Best wishes Footprint

Customer Reviews

It had very good local information about restaurants and places of interest.
Cathy B. Deutchman
My wife particularly enjoyed the writer's excellent and as she herself said, elegant descriptive prose.
Eddie Pullman
If you're thinking of going to Argentina, go now, and take this guide with you!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on February 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
There was a day when Rough Guide and Lonely Planet were the best guides for travelers that sought to leave the tour groups behind and explore on their own. But slowly, year by year, Footprint has improved, and now this 4th edition is one of the best guides for Argentina that you can buy. *Note that this review is for the the 4th edition, other reviews below are probably refering to the 3rd Edition.

I took five travel guides with me to explore Argentina/Patagonia, and I found myself consistently reaching for Footprint first. It is the most current (2006) and the guide consistently listed quality accommodations and good restaurants, some of which were exemplary. The city maps in the guide are excellent. All the restaurants and hotels are well marked on each map. Kudos.

Footprint Argentina's background section (history, religion, culture etc.) is well written, brief, yet informative. There is an abundance of website references throughout the text and a website listing for almost every accommodation = excellent.

I spent five weeks exploring Patagonia and found Footprint to be the best single guide to have. More than 200 pages in this Argentinean guide are devoted to this region, including a section on Chilean Patagonia. If you purchase "Time Out Patagonia" (see my review) you will have the best two guides possible for Patagonia.

On the downside Footprint uses a cumbersome letter system instead of just telling you the price for accommodations (i.e., LL=$200 plus, L=$150-$200, AL=$101-$150, A,B,C,D,E,F etc. -- putting the legend at the back of the book - a serious hassle). It also fails to tell you what is the price range for the restaurants; so at one eatery you could pay $10 for your meal, then have a $35 bill at another. Not good.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Martin Podhorzer on March 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are some better books about Argentina... in Spanish an in six volumes. The best single-volume that I've seen for a traveller is here: the Footprint series at last got it right! (I speak about this last edition only). A lot of good sites that I know from my wanderings in my home country are here, and some others... too! Read carrefully the guide, if you found one sentence that says: this place is breathtaking, believe it even if is only mentioned in that sentence: Argentina is a VERY big place, so many of his attractions may be shortly described, because of that you must put attention to the words that are used. Enjoy!! (and believe the book about security concerns, the guide recomends to visit the country and I agree, the places where it says that you must take care are exactly the places where you must do it).
Update 2008: more info about the unknown province of Catamarca would be welcomed: it have the highest volcanoes out there, natural thermal baths in front of the Andes, and it is really out of the beaten path.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
very impressed by the depth of intelligent coverage on history/economics and politics as an added bonus to the extremly helpful maps and local information. Loved the lay-out. The suggestions of HOW a trek to one city could naturally lead to a visit to another... very fluid. Very well done. I have never bought a footprint book before... i think this will be my first of many. A cut above the rest! Even my argentine boyfriend agrees!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I travelled to Argentina in Nov 2004 so I bought this guide given that it was a brand new edition (the book was published Jan 2004 and the date of the editing was Nov 2003). Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. The authors clearly have a very good knowledge of the country & its sites, and the guide provides a wealth of information that can help you see & enjoy the places of interest. The attractions are nicely presented both in the info pages and on the maps making it pretty easy to put together walking tours etc. However it seems that this last edition was tossed together a bit hastily. There are numerous editing mistakes. Phrases or words that are repeated, references to wrong pages etc. In addition a lot of the information is not up-to-date. For instance a "highly recommended" restaurant in El Calafate is now closed. A bar (one of the four) in Ushuaia is closed too. Of course your trip doesn't depend on a restaurant or bar, but this is indicative that the authors haven't visited these locations in a while. I found similar discrepancies in Buenos Aires. The Museum della Polizia Federal has been closed "for more than a year". Also closed (at least on Saturdays) is the museum della Revolucion. The tour of the Recoleta Cemetry is not Sunday at 14:30 but Sat & Sun at 11:00 & 16:00, and there IS an English tour on some other day/time. In these cases the outdated info resulted in my missing these sites. Prices are also outdated. All prices are in US Dollars (why?) and given the fluctuation of the dollar some change was expected. However some were off by 50-60%. Another problem is that the maps are a bit mediocre. There is only a tiny Buenos Aires map, then detailed maps of some neighborhoods that are close to impossible to combine together.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The authors have attempted to add a great deal of new material, sidesprings of interest, and helpful hints that expressly helps the first time traveler to assess the place...its virtues, highlighs,drawbacks, etc. My only complaint...for which I markdown to 4 that for aging eyes and/or less than perfect vision readers, the text print is way too small, and the maps extremely difficult to read. I suppose that was done to conserve space, but I think mistakenly. When you are straining to read, attention is sure to wander away,and for a great guide book, the reader has to be kept focused.
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