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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8th edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174179921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799217
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm so glad I did not listen to the author.
Joyce Chang
Great edition of a Peruvian travel guide, it holds lots of helpful maps and nice descriptions of hostels, sites, and food.
Mikaela McSherry
I love the amount of information the Lonely Planet series of travel guides provides.
J. Sullivan

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Laura on July 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently returned from a 16-day trip to Peru. Before I left, I was delighted to see that Lonely Planet had a new edition of their Peru guidebook, as I frequently use their guides for my travel. This one was strongly disappointing. Although there were some good tips, much of the information was inaccurate or misleading at best.

My trip involved travel to a rural area of the North Coast (not covered in the guidebook, which was completely expected and understandable; I was visiting my sister who volunteers there), Trujillo/Huanchaco, Lima, and Cusco/Sacred Valley. The overviews and basic information about each region were helpful. I enjoyed the self-guided tour of Lima's historical center, information about the Ollantaytambo ruins, and rough guidelines about taxi/transportation fares. Some of the most glaring inaccuracies and disappointments are as follows:

1) The book says tickets to Machu Picchu cannot be purchased online and must be done through a separate travel agency. Our entire travel group of nine people purchased tickets online before we left. The website is in Spanish, but it's easy to follow. As Machu Picchu is a must-see for many travelers, this erroneous information is highly surprising.
2) Buses to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes have nearly doubled from what was written in the guidebook. For a supposedly "updated" guidebook, I find it hard to believe that they weren't at least in a rough ballpark on this figure.
3) The Lima Cathedral is not free as mentioned in the guidebook (which says only the museum costs money). It costs 10 soles for entrance and has for a while, according to the worker I asked.
4) Numerous prices for entrance tickets, meals, etc. have changed drastically from what is listed in the guidebook.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By astaplet82 on October 28, 2013
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Maybe we've been spoiled by traveling using Rick Steves so much in Europe, but we've tried other Lonely Planet books in the past and at least thought they were acceptable. This book was terrible. A few of the things that made me feel the need to review it (my first ever guidebook review, even though I have about 30 on the bookshelf):

1. Someone else mentioned this, but the restaurants are heavily skewed to international fare. Peru, and specifically Lima, is supposed to have the best cuisine in world, so why is LP suggesting so many pizza and Asian food places?
2. The number of hotels listed is outrageous. I don't remember the exact number, but I just remember there being a daunting task while we planned of trying to find a place to stay, especially in Lima. We had already decided on either Barranco or Miraflores, but had to go through and pare down the list to about 15 and then go check pricing and availability.
3. Others have said this but its worth repeating that the pricing in the book is way off base in some cases. I expect some differences, but in some cases the price of admission to sites was nearly double the price listed in the book.
4. We were trying to take a bus from Cusco to Puno, and the book focuses on the tourist buses ($60), whereas we wanted an overnight bus ($12). It mentioned a few companies, but we couldn't find any details about these companies online, and ended up having to wait until we arrived to book the seats, which was annoying.
5. There is really no way rating between sites. There might be 20 things listed in an area that you can see/do, but the book has no way of distinguishing between what is #1 and what is #20.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Saurabh Pradhan on June 17, 2013
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Terrible ! just returned from Peru where I "tried" to use this book as a guide. Here are some low
lights : The book says Macchu Picchu and Huwyna Picchu tickets cannot be bought online ...wrong !!!
I bought both at the official website ( you may need a very basic knowledge of spanish )

Other low lights include .. non existent restaurants, shops, wrong timings, wrong phone numbers ... now some of these things could be forgiven had this not been the latest edition. We began our travel only 5 days after the book was released.

I am a lonely planet fan but this one is the worst I have seen.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Discerning consumer on June 5, 2013
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I visited Lima and the Cusco area last month. This guide was up-to-date (just came out earlier this year) with a number of good restaurant recommendations and information on various attractions. Quite sufficient to meet my needs.

Separately, this was my first time buying a travel guide as an e-book. Although the maps were not as convenient to use as in the print version, I found it super convenient to be able to search for specific terms as well as to be able to browse on both my iPad and iPhone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Chang on July 20, 2013
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I have been a huge fan of the lonely planet, and have purchased about 20 books through the years.
This one stood out as being the worst.
I hate to generalize, but I think most people who go to Peru, head to Macchu Picchu.
The section for Macchu Picchu was too confusing.
I think the person who wrote this section did not research the area very well.
I found Aguas Caliente to be very charming and beautiful - right on the river , and the train goes right into the town. I'm so glad I did not listen to the author. We stayed in Aguas Caliente for 2 nights and was able to see Macchu Picchu early in the morning.
I hope this is not an example of how Lonely Planet plans on structuring it's future books.
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