- File Size: 83688 KB
- Print Length: 768 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (September 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1742200109
- ISBN-13: 978-1742200101
- ASIN: B00FGJC3O6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring (Travel Guide) Kindle Edition
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I went on a trip from Mexico to Colombia - needed three different LP guides to cover the countries which was frustrating.
This edition however, regularly suggests accommodation over (often way over) $100 per night. Doesn't include any useful information about overland border crossings and doesn't really have any information on free things to do in areas.
In Mexico it lists only the price of the most expensive bus line, ADO (often double other very acceptable companies like Oriente).
It also needs proof reading, regularly rooms that are doubles are listed as cheaper than singles (when clearly it is intended to be the other way around) and the same with bathrooms/shared bathrooms. There has also been a restyling of the chapters, and now a lot of the useful information for certain countries is listed at the end of a chapter, or in the directory at the back of the book (not particularly handy if you're on a kindle or other non hard copy). Also, for the Kindle and E-reader versions, the new light colour scheme of the book, which is ported directly from the hard copy, makes maps virtually unreadable, and thus useless - especially when compared to the previous edition.
On the plus side it still has a basic guide to lots of regions, and will often list at least two budget places per destination (out of about 6). It has great advice on local food as well, but nothing that you couldn't discover yourself from just asking a local or just walking around. It also has relatively up to date prices on attractions, but again, for the most part, if you want to go to Chitchen Itza, you probably already know it's going to be relatively expensive.
Also, if you really wanted to fly from small town to small town, throughout central america, a significant amount of the "Getting Away" section, often over half of this information will be dedicated to airlines instead of cheap, budget local transport (ie. bus, collectivo, boats).
All in all, it feels very much like LP has forgone the whole "Shoestring" thing, and is instead aiming to make it a condensed guide to the entire region (regardless of budget), and it also feels like its been rushed out (with plenty of mistakes) to make a bit of extra cash for the high season in Central America.
End summary: major disappointment, I'm just glad that i didn't get the actual book, because then id be travelling around with a useless brick for the next 3 months.
Top international reviews
Sketchy guide, which gets you on the backpacker circuit, but offers good starting off points.
Although still a useful tool I slightly prefer the Rough Guide version as it includes more maps, prices in USD (as opposed to local currency which gives me no idea of the UK eqivalent) and includes a couple of key attractions which were missed off the Lonely Planet Guide.
The book is enjoyable to read before your travel and during the travel it is priceless.