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Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Country Guide) Paperback – August 1, 2006
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I've traveled the world and never leave home without reading the LP book of my destination--a year before departing. I study the history, the maps, the language and much more that is contained in a LP book. LP books on the world's countries and cultures should be required reading in elementary school classrooms.
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It would also be helpful to not only list the page number for the map showing a listing but to include both the listing number and the coordinates of that map, e.g. 63, B2.
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Quito is rather different nowadays, bus lines are new, and there are different security issues.
At least I can say that 6th ed authors err on the side of caution (eg it's risky to expect to book last minute space on Galapagos boats; or take a taxi at night even if you're going one block), but the exceptions to these dicta are too great to accept that this edition is up-to-date. The errors in museum hours and bus info (Mitad del Mundo, for one) need revision.
Worst thing about ANY Lonely Planet is their system of maps. Reader never gets text of an attraction or restaurant or hotel referenced to map location. AND if you need reading glasses, just forget about using these maps when you're in a dark taxi or dark restaurant (often the places you need to read them). Bringing a magnifying glass is not always easy.
Another grouse... while authors want to tell the traveler that the most conveniences are in the Mariscal Sucre area (gringo landia), they don't leave it at that. They list almost no restaurants & resources outside that area. I thank the authors for including my fringe area hotel in the book, for I can walk to grungy backpacker-ville any time I want to, BUT there is a true pressure towards a kind of "this is where you will stay because most travelers do." Get off the beaten path, fellas!
So, thanks for the tips, but I'm glad I used travelwise.com and other resources. Lonely Planet system may be a thing of the past soon.