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The Rough Guide to Chile (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – August 3, 2009

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''Thorough, solid, carefully researched and full of interesting reading.'' - The Independent

About the Author

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.

Andrew Benson has travelled extensively in Chile and is co-author of this edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4 edition (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848361750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848361751
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By simon gurney on August 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
having spent a couple of months travelling through chile, i got to know my rough guide well, and had chance to compare to many of the other guide books out there, there are speciality books which cover other areas better and in more detail, some only available in chile. but of the mainstream guides this is definately the best. the cultural information is where the rough guides stand out, in fact a couple of our favorite places in Chile didnt even warrant a mention in one of the better known guide book series. the section on accomodation was the most lacking although occasionaly useful, as none of the guide books seem to have discovered the backpackers hostels which cover chile. but aside from this if you want a guide to chile, this is one of the best.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2001
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My husband and I loved this book. We are senior citizens who wanted to spend a few days in Chile on our own, prior to a cuise around Cape Horn to Argentina. This guide gave us very accurate, detailed information in many areas: transportation, hotels, restaurants, sights. We used it during the cruise to tailor our own shore excursions. It contains every bit of information that you would need for a very enjoyable trip to Chile. Chile is safe, very modern, and beautiful. English is not common but people were friendly and very well educated. Take a phrase book along. If you speak Spanish, you will not want to leave. This is a better experience than Mexico.
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After studying in Chile and comparing different South American guide books, I found the Rough Guide to Chile to be the easiest to read and the most accurate. I normally buy the Lonely Planet on a Shoestring series, but was surprised and disappointed at how out-of-date many of the entries were. The Rough Guide gives you practical information and options, which I like.
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By A Customer on November 23, 2002
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If you're planning a trip to Chile (or wish you were) this is the book to get you ready. Dealing with everything from money exchange to lodgings to transportation, it has invaluable information to carry you from "tourist" to "traveler." The content is divided by geographical sections (much as the country itself is) to make it easier to plan a trip or get the specific information you need on a trip already planned. If you're interested in getting away from the escorted "back on the bus in five minutes" type of trip, this guide will get you there. There are wonderful descriptions of each region and its attractions, plus names, phone numbers and prices for food, lodging, transportation...even the location of the cambios de change for changing money, ATMs, and tourist informtion centers in each town.
We picked this up by chance in a local library and found it so valuable we're planning to purchase our own copy before our upcoming visit. We'll let you know how well it represented reality when we return!
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While traveling for about 4 weeks (April/May '08) throughout Chile I came across many other travels toting around what they joking referred to as "The Bible." This "Bible" was basically any Lonely Planet guide that covered Chile in some way. (It's also referred to in this way because EVERYONE had a copy)

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.
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I just got back from Chile and this book is worthless. Every place I went to on my trip and looked up something in this worthless (and heavy) book the hostel was closed, the restaurant didn't exist, or the Museum wasn't really free on Sunday as the book suggested. The maps were outdated, incorrect information, less than comprehensive are all reasons I am very disappointed in the purchase of this book.

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.
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I was a little disappointed with this Chile Rough Guide. Unlike my previous experience with other Rough Guides(Japan and India), this book's seemed a little thin on info. For example, the section on Torres Del Paine's W-circuit discussed only hiking in one direction whereas Lonely Planet's included info on both directions. There were a lot of missing details like that, and yet the book still seem to weight a little more than the Lonely Planet Chile. It's not terrible, but if I had to choose over again, I would go with Lonely Planet.
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The Rough Guide to Chile is a good guide book that offers more than its name suggests. I used it in Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar to discover what Chile could offer to a traveller. I got a chance to exchange information about other books on Chile, with the help of which some other visitors were, like me, trying to find out their way through the country. As far as the content is considered, the Rough Guide to Chile surpassed all of them. However, Chile is a fast-changing country: some attractions and places are classics, yet others come and go. The book requires minor updates for the latter. In addition, information about specific places--museums for example--is brief.
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