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Lonely Planet Colombia (Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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This new guidebook is full of inaccuracies and is missing many of the best places in the Colombia. I have traveled extensively to Colombia over the past 10 years and have lived in Colombia for nearly five years and this book was a complete disappointment.
I was hoping for an improvement over the previous Lonely Planet guidebooks about Colombia that were pretty poor and this latest guidebook is no improvement and in fact is worse in many ways with much information that is out-of-date considering this book was published in September 2015.
As a previous reviewer pointed out, there is only one paragraph is in this book about the fourth largest city in the country, Barranquilla, where the second largest Carnival in the world is held each year. This new Lonely Planet guidebook includes no maps, no hotel info and no restaurant information for Barranquilla. Previous editions of this guide covered Barranquilla with several pages of information.
There are so many errors and omissions in this book beyond this Barranquilla oversight, I don’t know where to start, here are a few examples:
- This guidebook that was published on September 1, 2015 and uses an exchange rate of 1,838 pesos (COP) to the USD, which is completely out-of-date. The exchange rate table used in this new Colombia guidebook is the exact same as was in Lonely Planet’s previous Colombia guidebook I have that was published in August 2012. This is a good indicator that the information in this latest Lonely Planet Colombia guidebook is out-of-date.
- In Medellín the book only includes one mall - Monterrey, which is an older, smaller mall that only has a bunch of small technology stores. The book completely missed the newer and much larger Western-style malls in the city popular with foreigners including Santafé, Oviedo and El Tesoro.
- In Bogotá the book only includes a few malls and is missing some of the largest Western-style malls in the city including Unicentro, Santafé, Gran Estación and Titán Plaza.
- In Cartagena the book completely missed the largest mall in the city, Caribe Plaza, which opened in 2008.
- In Cartagena the book missed most of the best restaurants in the city including Carmen, Restaurante 1621 and Dino’s Steakhouse. It’s the same in other cities; many of the best restaurants are missing and any newer restaurants that opened in Colombia over the past few years are completely missing from the book.
- Hotel recommendations throughout the book in most of the cities in Colombia are generally poor; you will find much better recommendations on TripAdvisor.
- The book calls Bogota’s El Dorado airport a “shiny new airport” in Bogotá. But this airport actually opened its newest international terminal in 2012 – which is an example of how dated the information is in this guidebook.
- Taxi prices are inaccurate in many cases in the guidebook – for example the guidebook says it will cost 35,000 to 37,000 pesos from the Bogotá airport to Zona Rosa but I was just in Bogotá and stayed in Zona Rosa and my cost to/from the airport was less than 30,000 pesos.
This is just a small sample of the countless issues in Lonely Planet’s new Colombia Guidebook.
The bottom line is you will find more accurate restaurant, hotel and things to do recommendations on TripAdvisor than in this book. Don’t waste your money on this book.
I have eight different travel guidebooks about Colombia and unfortunately there isn’t one I can recommend.
Example: roads shown in whitel on light blue lines disappear.
Many places areas mentioned in the descriptions does not appear on the maps.
Similarily some references cannot be found.
I can give detailed information if you need it.