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Lonely Planet Mexico (Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2012

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John Noble finds life as a travel writer the only way to satisfy his endless curiosity about the planet he lives on. After a Cambridge University degree in philosophy and English literature, he embarked upon a newspaper career that led him from Lancashire to Yorkshire to the Fleet Street "qualities," but increasing interruptions for explorations of the globe soon found John searching for a way to combine writing with travel. He paid his way around southeast Asia by writing special reports for the august Financial Times International Coal Report and sub-editing for the Far Eastern Economic Review, before Lonely Planet commissioned him to update its Sri Lanka guide. LP has kept John extremely busy ever since, chiefly (despite that Asiatic start) in the Latin world and the former Soviet Union. He has played major roles in eight editions of LP's Mexico, five of Spain, four of Andalucía, two of Mexico City, and one each of Guatemala, Belize and Brazil. With just one co-author (John King), John pioneered LP's coverage of the world's biggest nation with the epic USSR guide, a two-year project devoted to a country that decided to abolish itself while the book was at the printers in 1991. John then turned to writing guides to the Soviet successor states: Baltic States, Central Asia and Russia, Ukraine & Belarus. With his long experience of the above regions and of LP's modus operandi, John has been coordinating author of nearly all the above titles. John grew up in the cool, green valley of the River Ribble in northern England, which is still his favourite place on the planet, but his most memorable single trip was a trek from Ladakh to Zanskar in the Indian Himalaya, one of those regions where the earth comes a bit closer to whatever's beyond. Back on that first trip to Sri Lanka John met Australian Susan Forsyth, now also a long-standing LP author. They married in 1989 and for the past decade have lived in a southern Spanish hill village with their now-teenage offspring, Isabella and Jack. One of the things John likes most about writing for LP is the chance to get to grips with many of the subjects that fascinate him most, including history, the arts, wildlife and conservation. He has written in-depth sections on topics ranging from Spanish flamenco and Islamic architecture to wildlife and conservation in Brazil, Mexico and Andalucía, soccer in Brazil and the folk arts of Mexico. Lonely Planet's demands have kept John's hands pretty full for a long time but over the years he has also found time to write about ancient British mystical sites for the Times, soccer for the Guardian, Mexican travel for Livingetc and Planeta.com, and a range of issues from education to globalization, in English and Spanish, for the bilingual magazine El Gato Verde in Spain. He's also a photographer whose shots have been published in many LP titles and numerous other publications.
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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 13 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742200168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200163
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ralph F. Morelli on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
For months I would go to the bookstore or look here on Amazon to try to find the right travel book for Mexico. There are quite a few different books, some are regional, others are the whole country. I asked a good friend who travels all over Mexico, Central and South America, which is the best book to get for traveling in Mexico? He told me Lonely Planet is the best for Mexico and Central and South America. He said Lonely Planet has more information for the small spender who is on a tight budget or a person who is backpacking the country. So I grabbed this book, the 13th edition and I am not disappointed. Excellent stories and great details; I have the whole country at my fingertips! I recommend this book to everyone who would like to stay in cheaper hotels and hang where there are less tourists and more locals. It's also good for anyone who wants the higher end hotels and restaurants. This book has it all. The book never leaves my side when I travel in Mexico. Oh, when I was in Tijuana with my good friend, I stopped in his hotel and on the dresser, he had quite a few books, all worn, all Lonely Planet, all Central and South American countries. One book I saw was Mexico. I said, "Hey. I took your advice", and showed him my new updated book and he said, "wow, mine is about 6 years old, I need to get that one".
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This is not as good as previous editions of Lonely Planet Mexico guidebooks. This is a cut back edition. A lot of the information previously in these guidebooks has been cut out. For example there is no city map for Saltillo, one of Mexico's largest cities at 710,000 population, which there had been before in these guidebooks. The same goes for other cities. There is no mention of some other large cities, such as Matamoros, Monclova and others which the traveler from the US might have to pass through. I was very disappointed in this edition. Lonely Planet used to have the best guidebooks to Mexico, but not any more. It seems like they are going on the cheap. I will look around for a better guidebook.
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I own, and have used, all of the mainstream guidebooks for Mexico. That includes:

Lonely Planet
Rough Guide
Footprint
DK Eyewitness
Michelin Green
Moon Northern Mexico

Actually, all of these guides leave something to be desired for a truly comprehensive Mexican travel guide. They're either lacking in detail, are out of date, have thin or absent historical and cultural contexts, or provide too little for the eyes to pique your interest. Of the lot, the Lonely Planet guide is the best. It offers the best balance and detail, without being terribly out of date. In content, the Lonely Planet guide just barely squeaks past the Rouge Guide, which is also a good book. The Michelin Green guide is the best for historical and cultural content, by a mile. The Green Guide also uses a convenient, though completely subjective, rating system that these large, encyclopedic books lack.

Mexico is a seriously huge and diverse country, so the perfect guidebook is just impossible. I think for the purposes of research, you should probably use several of these books and then pick your favorite to take along. If your travels are not particularly focussed, and you're looking for ideas and a general overview, buy this book. Of the three major types of destinations - beaches, meso-American sites, colonial towns - this book provides about equal treatment. That's by design, to please most readers most of the time.

The listings of hotels, restaurants and markets are good, if not entirely comprehensive. Sights are very much "on the beaten path," so don't look for many surprises here. There are some interesting sidebars within the text of the book that explain some of the more profound cultural experiences you're likely to encounter.
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An extensive overview of what there is to do and not do in Mexico. I used it specifically for Mexico City which was great because it came with city/area map that also included the local transport system map. The recommendations are great but just keep in mind that Lonely Planet can't put everything in there so use your own discretion and seek out more when you travel. Ask the locals questions... Overall a great book and resource for all-inclusive Mexico.
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We found parts of this book very helpful for our trip to Michoacan, Mexico. We found the most beautiful B&B in Patzcuaro thanks to this book! The descriptions of particular towns and places were right on target. Thanks for helping make our vacation memorable.
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I used this book on an 8 week roadtrip that took me from northen MX all the way to Belize and back up. While there might be a lot of free online resources it really was nice to have a guidebook available to plan from the road.
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This is a great reference book for traveling to Mexico (or any Lonely Planet guide for that matter). Chock full of information that would take years of travel to explore all of what is included in this book. Lots of references and contact info for further investigation.
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Been a couple years since I got any of these guides, and it just doesn't seem to be the same. I have the Sept 2012 edition.

The print can be tough to read.

Didn't have the info I needed for the border crossing I used (Nogales), nor where to stay, eat (suggest La Roca el Balcon - expensive) or catch the bus once across.

My trip is coming up, and I am leary the info needed for my multi-month stay will be sufficient.

With any luck I'll be able to download newly updated LP guides for all desintations to my ipad at some point in the near future.
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