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Footprint South American Handbook 2001 Paperback – November, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Footprint South American Handbook
  • Paperback: 1680 pages
  • Publisher: Passport Books (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658011545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658011542
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,514,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...the most electrifying of all practical travel guides. -- The Wall Street Journal

It’s superlatives all the way – the best book for South American travel around. -- South American Explorers Club

The definitive South American guide, full stop. 10/10. -- studentmagazine.com

From the Publisher

Dear Fellow Traveller

Thank you for checking out the South American Handbook 2001. Footprint are an independent British publisher (based in Bath). We specialise in providing travellers with guidebooks that are second to none 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 for the Peru and South American Handbooks which give a good flavour of how useful our guides are. You might like to know that we also publish Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico & Central America and Ecuador & Galapagos Handbooks and an extremely useful general guide to travelling: The Traveller's Handbook. Finally, whichever guidebook you choose, we would like t! o wish you an exciting, illuminating and above all enjoyable trip.

Best wishes
Footprint

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ron Mader on March 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
From Planeta Journal - The Handbook looks better than ever. This new edition of the South America guide provides reliable information about general tourism as well profiles of national parks and reserves. Of special note is the "Responsible Tourism" essay that the book pioneered in 1992. This is a terrific guide. The format is easy to follow. Colorful pictures and maps compliment the text. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have only been in five of the fourteen countries covered in this handbook, but of those I have travel through, I found this all-in-one guide to be succinct, reliable and valuable. That said, it does not replace the comprehensiveness of a specific country guide. Basically, this handbook is a digested compilation of the specific country handbooks that Footprint produces. Thus, if you are only visiting one or two countries, buy those handbooks. If you are going to explore South America and want only one guide, this guide will be valuable.
Each country section is condensed, comprehensive and reliable. Though smaller towns will be omitted, the most important cities, towns and sites will be covered. Each country has been segmented into regions, as noted by the country's map, and within each region Footprint covers the top two, three or four cities or towns in a region. Basic travel information is given at the beginning of each country.
As with all Footprint Handbooks this guide has excellent color maps. In the back of the guide you will find ... exceptional color maps of South America. Also, throughout the book, I found the b&w maps of regions and cities to be very good.
Another impressive aspect of this guide is found at the beginning, in the 'Essentials' section, where there is a very good discussion of bringing and using a car/SUV throughout South America. This section also includes information on motorcycling and a section on cycling throughout South America.
Though each country section does have a 'futher reading & useful websites' section, this is very basic. The section on health/vaccination is bare bone basic.
On the "downside" I often found that the brevity of the restaurant and lodging remarks were so terse (or no remarks at all) that they were not helpful, i.e.,.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colleen B on November 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just spent 5 months in all the s. american countries except the norhternmost 3-4. Both the lonely plantet and footprints came in handy however I ultimately found Footprints to be more informative and to the point. Most other travelers agreed with me. The lonely planet had one advantage in that it's maps were better. Bottom line, if your are backpacking, take Footprints. If you have lots of space, take them both. Happy trails. edwardhillmann@hotmail.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure, but I get the impression that Mr. Gillies has not used the Lonely Planet as well as Footprint in practice. Having returned from SA in April and having taken both I can say that Footprint is far, far better and very much more up to date. It is sad, considering I live in the city where LP is published.
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