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Product Details

  • Series: Country Guide
  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 6 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741047021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047028
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large.

What We Do
* We offer travelers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages.
* We are relentless in finding the special, the unique and the different for travellers wherever they are.
*We update our guidebooks by visiting thousands of places in person to get the details right and tell it as it is.
* We always offer the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent.
* We challenge our growing community of travelers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world.
* We tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travelers; not clouded by any other motive.

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Customer Reviews

It also has some nice pictures in the book as well.
Amazon Customer
While I don't have plans to go to Argentina, this book makes me want to go there.
E. Byers
I wouldn't go without my Lonely Planet Argentina Guide!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2009
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Having spent the most memorable part of my childhood in Buenos Aires, with a few trips to outlying areas, this book is a marvelous trip through memory lane, looking for the things that were there so many years ago, and reading about all the changes that have happened since. This Lonely Planet book is a thick one, because Argentina has one of the most varied landscapes of any country in the world, from the awesome Iguazu Falls, to the magnificent sights in the Tierra del Fuego region. From the towering Andes to the Reserva Faunistica Peninsula Valdez by the Atlantic Ocean.

For those interested in wildlife and nature, the wonders of Patagonia are astounding. Whale watching has never been grander. See the gauchos in the Pampas, the tango dancers in Buenos Aires. Sip the fine wine, and eat the best beef you have ever tasted. Yes, debt-ridden Argentina has its problems, which this book points out: extreme poverty, and though it has excellent conservation laws, is negligent to enforce them.

You will need a handy pocket magnifier if you're taking this book on your trip. It is not only a thick volume, but also has small print, and has many maps, but they all need magnification. It has everything a tourist needs to know, from exchange rates to business hours: Bars stay open until 6 AM, and shops open at 8 AM. Not much time for sleeping, when you're having so much fun!

A nice touch in this Lonely Planet volume are the 5 personal profiles in the "Mi Querida Argentina" section, which is accompanied by photos, one of the 3 sections in this book that is illustrated with color photos. The book also includes Chilean Patagonia, and 60 pages devoted to Uruguay, should you want to take the short trip across the Rio de la Plata to visit this small but delightful country.

Bravo Lonely Planet for this extensive and informative book on mi querida Argentina!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Javier on November 23, 2010
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You must to specify that the Kindle edition of this book has less information that the hard book. We are paying almost the same price for less information, less maps, less photographs and in black and white.
Javier
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John D. Mattson on July 11, 2009
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Argentina is a huge and very diverse country and a guide book is very handy to have. The many maps are extremely helpful, and the how to get there and away sections are great. This book is also filled with lots of helpful hints like dangers and annoyances, interesting places to go, and history. Most of the hotel recommendations have been helpful, but be aware that many people read this book, and the recommended hotels can often be full. I have also met some of the authors, and their tight budgets and time schedules do not allow them to check out all the options. I would recommend buying this book, but keep your eyes and ears open. Many of the best hotels and restaurants that I have found have been from word of mouth of other travelers, or roaming the streets. Restaurants and bus schedules often change, so it is best to observe them for yourself. Dancing on the Edge of an Endangered Planet
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Larsen on February 18, 2009
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Lonely Planet tries to set themselves apart from the rest of the field by appealing to the wanna be hip crowd of backpackers and rich kids slumming the world. Truth is, there isn't all that much difference between Lonely Planet and the others except marketing and image.

The Argentina guide offers a history of Argentina and analysis of its politics that is just what I would expect. The authors have a love affair with the Kirchners, who are as corrupt and thuggish as any of their predecessors. It might be hip to show your love for the "royal couple", but I find it nauseating. But you probably don't buy guidebooks to learn about politics, so enough of that.

The accuracy of the information is mixed. Things can change overnight, so that is inevitable. I was left wondering just how many of the restaurants and hotels they authors actually visited and how many they imagined. There is no way to tell, as aside from the changing conditions, reviews are a matter of perception. Use the information as a guide, not the bible. If you are planning ahead, use more than one source.

I find nothing in this Lonely Planet guidebook that I can't find in the standard Frommer's or Fodor's, which is the way it usually is.

If you are planning to spend most of your time in Buenos Aires, get a book specifically on BA.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penetralia on February 26, 2009
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The Argentina guide provides plain, basic information about visiting the country. As indicated in other reviews, a number of details that would prove more useful to travelers is missing; and much of the quoted prices and other sprinkled data were outdated.

One of the most important topics we felt were missing had to do with traveler SAFETY. Argentina, like other countries in South America has its challenges, but the author focused solely on one side of the travel coin without revealing potentials of the other. The country, like many others are facing severe economic times, and this often heightens survival problems and increases criminal activity. Conversely, economic challenges may prove rewarding for bargaining purposes and lower competitive rates too.

Crime or other perils of travel can prove disasterous for some voyagers and should have been discussed in this book. We felt there should have been more reference made about the country's troubles, such as, political reference, where NOT to go, potential pick-pocketing and storage of goods, how to get help in emergencies, red flags, and more. The text (p.18) only noted, "Forget everything you've heard about the challenges of travel in South America. Argentina is different. It's easy."

On the other hand, the few pictures in this book were delightful. Other topics covered in the text includes very basic travel information, when and where to go, costs (outdated), food & drink, events, the culture, and environment.

Overall, this book does contain good content; however, supplemental texts may be needed, rather than traveling only with this guide. Hopefully, the publishers will read customer reviews in order to make their newer edition much better.
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