- Series: Open Road's Best of
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Open Road (July 13, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593601263
- ISBN-13: 978-1593601263
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,963,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Open Road's Best of Guatemala Paperback – July 13, 2010
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About the Author
Bruce Morris is a professional travel writer and photogrqpher and is the author of Open Road's Best of Panama, Open Road's Best of the Florida Keys, and is the co-author of Open Road's Best of Costa Rica. He is also the author of Costa Rica Alive! (Hunter Publishing).
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For me and my friends it happened right when we got to the Guatemalan border from Mexico. We tried to look up what the standard exchange rate is in Guatemala. Couldn't find it. Ok, let's see if there are any bus schedules so we can get to our next destination. Can't find that either. All they have is very cursory information like 'there are busses you can take', and 'Guatemala has money called quetzals and it comes in all kinds of different denominations.' I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the point.
When we finally got to your destination, we tried to find a good hostel or cheap hotel to stay at. Most of the hotels in the book are $$$ to $$$$$ which is in the $75-$300+, very few, if any $-$$ for the budget traveller.
As one other commenter pointed out, there is also a lot of repeated information, leading to a lot of flipping back and forth going "didn't I just read that paragraph 5 pages back?" The maps are also lacking; the Tikal map in particular is a horribly jumbled mess of blue computerized squares and rectangles, apparently forming what amounts to a "map" of the complex, but really you're better of just buying a real ( and much more useful) map for $2 at the visitors center anyways.
The best I can tell is that this book is meant for someone's parents or someone looking for some kind of Rick Steves basic level suggestions of things to see in any particular town. The kind of things that every other travel guide out there has, but with a few of this author's own suggestions thrown in for good measure. The difference is, those other travel guides also have all that useful information I need once I get in a foreign country. Things like exchange rates and bus schedules, etc.
For my friends and I, these books became more a running joke than a source of useful information. Just get one of the numerous-and more comprehensive- guides out there and save yourself the time and frustration.