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Lonely Planet Peru (3rd ed.) Paperback – July, 1996

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From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

Lonely Planet Peru is a good practical guide for independent travelers, whether they plan to explore Peru by dugout canoe, train, bus, or foot. Highlights include 64 maps of regions, towns, and historical sites; extensive background on archaeological sites; advice on food and accommodations for every budget; a useful history section ranging from pre-Inca cultures to modern; helpful hints on outdoor activities; and a traveler's Spanish section. Intriguing sidebars provide details on topics such as Inca Trail tours, fiestas, and folklore about Lake Titicaca, human sacrifice in the Andes, archaeology around Paracas, a week on the Amazon, and the Shipibo Indians, as well as their handicrafts. --Kathryn True

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Product Details

  • Series: 3rd ed.
  • Paperback: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3rd edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864423322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864423320
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,744,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No comments on accomodations info, I don't think one should ever rely on a book for this kind of info, things can change to quickly, especially in a country like Peru. This book had the best mix of pictures, maps, and tourist info. Insight guides has more pictures, but I'd take this and leave the larger, heavier Insight at home. also reviewed, Insight guides Peru, Rough Guide Peru, and Peru Handbook by Alan Murphy.
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As a still up and coming traveller, Peru was one of my first trips as a tourist, and the LP Peru was the perfect complement to a fantastic country. My only real qualm is that Rob Rachowiecki, who has an excellent writing style, loves the country so much that he reccommends nearly everything it has to offer, which could make a trip difficult for someone with limited time; I was there a month and I know I will have to go back to see everything the book mentions. But if you know what you want, you'll find everything you need to know from this well laid out and entertaining guide. Rob Rachowiecki knows a hell of a lot about travelling and about being a traveller, he is an exceptional writer. And it makes great travel reading for the less scenic travelling spots, so you can find out about all the amazing things you missed.
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This book is very useful and even necessary if you're planning to go to Peru. However, prices (hotels, restaurants and airport tax...) need to be updated!
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By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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The information in this book may have been accurate when first published but now (April 1999) it is well out-of-date and consequently the book has limited value. There is a new edition coming out later this year.
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I used the Lonely Planet Peru guide extensively on my trip to Peru in August 1997 and an earlier edition when I traveled to Peru/Ecuador in 1994. Both times I found the information to be clear, concise and right on target. Lonely Planet is particularly good for "straight from the hip" information on lodging, restaurants and getting around a country. However, I prefer the Insights Peru guide for more detailed information on the countries culture and descriptions of certain sites. I also used the Rough Guide to Peru, but found that the information in Lonely Planet Peru was more complete for every area of Peru with the exception of Manu. When I returned from Peru I sent comments to each of the three guides I used and found the Lonely Planet was the only one that openly welcomed comments and made it easy to submit them. Rob Rachowiecki exhibited a clear understanding of the current conditions in Peru and his writing left me itching to leave on my adventure. I highly recommend this guide
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The Lonely Planet Guide to Peru was the most useful travel book I purchased before my visit to Cuzco and Lima. The cultural and more prosaic travel information in it was invaluable, and the excellent index made it possible for me to access all the facts that I needed easily and completely. If I were to take one travel guide with me to Peru, this is the one I'd want at hand.
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