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- Print Length: 168 pages
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- Publisher: RTW Media; 2 edition (May 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K3660ZA
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Lima Travel Guide: Insider Advice from Expats in Peru is one of the best travel guides that I’ve ever read. Instead of trying to cover every single point of interest within the country, something that companies like Lonely Planet always try to do, this book focuses on a single location. By narrowing the content down to Lima the information becomes a lot deeper and more significantly more detailed. Restaurants and bars that barely get mentioned in bigger tour books are laid out in detail here.
The other night I was trying to find a restaurant near my apartment. Knowing that my Lonely Planet guide had some good suggestions I decided to thumb through the restaurant section. To do so I had to find the name of each dinner, read the description, and then flip 20 pages back to look at a map showing where each place was located. Lima Travel Guide is very convenient and doesn’t have this issue. Most venues are hyperlinked so that you can see pictures and get a better idea as to where you are going. This was really helpful as it saved me a lot of time and frustration. One click would give me a whole slew of additional data.
Another thing that I really liked about the book was Colin’s expertise. Amazon has a lot of horrible travel guides that were made by copying and pasting information from Google. The information in here is actually backed by legitimate knowledge. Everything feels well researched and there are quite a few tips that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
Lastly, I had been a bit worried that this book was going to turn into a “bro guide.” There are quite a few eBooks floating around that specialize in niches like “Where to buy the best drugs in country X?” or “Brothels of nation Y.” Since Colin has had some pretty wild adventures in the past I was a little worried that I’d end up with a guide to scoring drugs or haggling with prostitutes. This never happens and the book offers practical advice on legal activities throughout.
Overall I liked Lima Travel Guide: Insider Advice from Expats in Peru a lot. The information is solid and more in-depth than my Lonely Planet guidebook. If you’re interested in moving to, or visiting, Lima you should definitely check this out. It has great content and I learned quite a bit from it.
There was some discussion in the book about how widely credit cards are taken. In my experience, in both Lima and Cusco credit cards are taken just about everywhere. In smaller villages, such as in the Sacred Valley, acceptance was limited to the main tourist sites, restaurants and hotels. Your US cards (those without the chip-and-pin system) are not a problem. You swipe them in the little machines and they print out a receipt for you to sign, just as in the US. For ATM’s however, a debit card with a chip sometimes is necessary. Also, to change US dollars or Euros in Lima, look for the money changers walking the streets in Miraflores; they give rates much better than the banks and hotels.
The book also raises concerns about security, especially about certain parts of Lima and about the use of “unauthorized” taxis. While I understand there are problems in most big cities, I never felt a concern in the main areas of downtown Lima and Miraflores. There are police on every corner (or so it seems), and most public buildings and hotels have their own private security guards. Be safe, but don’t worry too much about it.
Get this book and enjoy your trip.
The best parts for me were the depictions of the character of Lima's neighborhoods as well as details on La Punta de Callao. Callao is a hidden gem of sorts, featuring a major port and upscale venues in an area with a bad reputation. I followed the authors' advice to the letter, saw some great sights, felt safe and had great ceviche lunch besides.
I think others would benefit from this book as I did.
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