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The Rough Guide to Chile 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – May 12, 2003
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"Thoroughly researched and lucidly written, guide books don't come much better than this one." Reader review, amazon.co.uk, 11 November, 2000
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Melissa Graham has travelled widely in the Andean countries of Chile, Peru and Ecuador, where she developed a love of the region's landscapes and people and a loathing for lomo con papas fritas (steak and chips).
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I love the philosophy of the Rough Guide books--their recommendations were eco-friendly, and emphasized local, well respected and well run mom and pop businesses over bigger chains/more popular businesses around, especially in Atacama, a huge tourist attraction. There's a sizeable portion at the end of the book solely dedicated to the history of Chile, from geographical origins to political disputes to the current economy and culture, which i found extremely informative and really appreciated throughout my trip while taking long flights or bus rides.
The two recent reviewers are correct in saying that their details need a major revamping. Most of the ones I discovered were pricing issues, as it seems the prices they quoted were a few years old. Some tours/trails were closed completely, or were open at different hours than the book described. One restaurant that they highly recommended was noted to be closed after 7pm daily and closed on Sundays. I went at 8pm on a Sunday and they were serving dinner throughout the night.
Love their recommendations for accommodations, tours and experiences. The book is also hilarious in some sections, a refreshing read. It's still catered more towards the budget backpacker in terms of accommodations, but they have some higher end places listed too. The details can be frustrating though, so be prepared and double check before you go.
My advice to you: look for the publish date and then subtract a year to get the most current possible date anything in the book could reference. Don't don't don't be a sucker like me and count on this book while travelling.
More often than not, though, after they leafed through my guide, The Rough Guide to Chile 3, they wanted to keep it or mentioned that it was simply more informative. (This also happened to me with The Rough Guide to Peru while traveling throughout Peru, obviously)
Also, I looked through the Insight Guide and Fodor's at a bookstore and felt this one superior.
Even with space and weight at a premium, I carried this book around with me always and I'm very glad that I did (I'm one of those ones who doesn't want to feel like he has missed a thing when traveling.) I definitely recommend this book.