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Lonely Planet Mexico (Travel Guide) Paperback – October 1, 2014
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Most noticeably, Lonely Planet has tweaked the content of the guide to focus more on the sights it believes potential travelers will want to see. As a result, we have more fleshed-out material for the pre-Columbian ruins and the colonial towns, and a proportional thinning of the material focussed on the Gulf and Pacific coast resorts, and northern Mexico in general. The Copper Canyon and northern Mexico still get only summary coverage, which I believe is a major shortcoming since this is, without question, a feature attraction.
The planning devices at the front of the book have been revised too. There's a new "off the beaten track" section that makes some interesting suggestions. These sections in general, together labeled "Plan your Trip," are really quite good. There's a top destinations section, an "If you like..." section, a section of thoughtful itineraries, and various other chapters about food, drink, festivals, and how to travel with children. These chapters should not be confused with the historical and cultural contexts, which appear as a collection of chapters at the END of the book.
The body of the book is the "On the Road" content focussed on the individual locations. All the material you would expect in an encyclopedic travel guide are here. Sights, listings, tour options, transport details, etc... Of course, the listings are right up to date and are representative of the best options even if they're not entirely comprehensive.
Don't let the lovely cover photograph of Santa Prisca in Taxco convince you that this is a guide full of glossy color photographs. It's not. Maps are simple and accurate. There are very few diagrams or other illustrations that readers of DK Eyewitness Guides might be used to. Do NOT buy this book expecting that kind of format.
Finally, this is an encyclopedic guide with comprehensive coverage. There is no attempt to rank or prioritize sights the way a Rick Steves guide does. The Lonely Planet guide is more about breadth than depth.
This is a good solid guide that will help direct you trip, and will guarantee that it will be authentic and fascinating.
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