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Lonely Planet Mexico City (City Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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The transportation information for going to the pyramids at Teotihuacan was not very detailed which made for getting confused in the crowded bus station. This seems like something nearly everyone who spends more than a few days will want to do- why wouldn't it be thorough on the topic?
It turns out that the neighborhoods which the Lonely Planet guide covers are sometimes quite far away from each other. This makes the map pretty awkward because there are huge blank spots without street names! If you are the type of person that decides to walk between places and explore, you will definitely want to have a more detailed map of the city handy!
My B&B had a copy of the Opinionated Guide which at first glance was not as organized. But when I read about things I had had trouble with in the Lonely Planet book, I noticed the information was actually much better.
In the end, I was glad to have the Lonely Planet guide because its Neighborhoods section has very good walking tours of different neighborhoods in Mexico City. I ended up using these to explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Contesa and found them and the associated maps quite useful. The key to understanding this book is the overview maps on pages 41-43; these will help you orient yourself in Mexico City (which is quite large) and also point you to the right pages for each neighborhood (or section) of the city. Once I figured this out, I found the book more useful. While I relied upon Fodor's guide to determine the main sights I wanted to see, I ended up using the Lonely Planet guide for finding my way between them and checking out interesting buildings and landmarks along the way.
The book also has good overviews of Mexico's history and culture in its first chapter. (Fodor's did not.) It also covers some sights outside of Mexico City which can be visited on day trips. My wife and I visited Teotihuacan. The description was adequate, but considering that this is the third largest pyramid in the world, I felt the book could have given it another page or two and said more about its history.
I should add that Mexico City is a great place to visit. It has great sights and great food. It is a shame that more Americans don't visit it. While it has a reputation of being polluted and dangerous, my wife and I both felt very safe and comfortable during our entire trip.
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