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Try a different guide, totally misses the point.,
This review is from: Colombia (Country Travel Guide) (Paperback)
I've been using Lonely Planet travel guides for over 15 years. When I read the reviews on LP Colombia, I just thought that the reviewers were being hard on Lonely Planet since it is the predominant travel guide. Since it hadn't let me down in the past, I thought I would give it a try.
I just got back from Colombia and now I know why the reviews are so bad. This guide does a good job giving background information and history but heck, I can get that from Wikipedia. As far as what to see, where to go and places to stay, it totally misses the point. For example, it almost always recommends staying in the downtown of most major cities, even though these locations are often unsafe with little in the way of nightlife and attractions. In both Bogota and Cartagena, there are areas 5 minutes away from the town center with affordable places to stay and plently of sights to see. LP barely mentions these areas.
The book told us that you need a week to absorb Cartagena when it can easily be thoroughly seen in a couple of days. Yet, other jewels like Taganga are barely mentioned at all. The book doesn't even metion some of the best hostels in Colombia including La Bresa Loca in Santa Marta and the Cranky Croc in Bogota. It felt like they hadn't done an update in years. Wish I could get my money back on this. Take a chance on one of the other guides over this one.
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2010 2:19:15 PM PST
I don't know which edition you are reviewing, but the Cranky Croc in Bogota is the second hostel mentioned in the June 2009 edition.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 9:35:04 PM PDT
also, I'd hardly call Taganga a "jewel"...
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