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The Rough Guide to Ecuador - Edition 3 Paperback – January 15, 2007
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About the Author
Melissa Graham has travelled widely in the Andean countries and is co-author of The Rough Guide to Chile.
Harry Ades was born in Oaxaca and has spent many years travelling through Central and South America.
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I use guides first and foremost for general planning. Second, I use them to learn as much as I can about the history and culture of the country before I arrive. Third, when in country, I use the guide to help me to understand and appreciate what I am looking at. For example, when in a church, I appreciate information about architectural style and or points of interest. For all the above purposes, I find the Rough Guide better. It is more detailed and informative so I learn far more. This is perhaps to be expected as the Rough Guide is 576 pages versus only 408 pages for Lonely Planet. (The page lengths listed in Amazon's book descriptions are both incorrect.) Historically, I have usually found the Rough Guide series to be superior to Lonely Planet.
I guess another way of looking at it would be to say that due to how I use a guide book, and because my expectations are reasonable, one guide may be much older than another, perhaps even in the same series - depending on future editing, but still be superior to the newer.
I rarely use guide books to get recommendations for restaurants and lodging. I tend to use internet sources for such things as well as personal recommendations, which I find more up to date and reliable. When guides go to print, the research being presented can already be up to a year old. Establishments disappear or their quality can improve, or more often, flag. This is often the case when an establishment gets recommended in a guide book. For whatever reason, this quite often leads to the establishment going downhill. For such purposes guides are already out of date the moment they are released, or certainly soon thereafter. The same is true for prices listed, which I usually take with a grain of salt. I find that the best restaurant recommendations usually come from asking someone at my lodging, who has been in town for a short while.
Paper Book versus E-Book: As much as I love and depend upon my kindle, I find the e-version of a guide more difficult and frustrating to use than an actual book, which is more user-friendly and preferable. It is so much easier to quickly page back and forth with the paper version. For example, going continually back and forth between a map and text on a different page, is infinitely easier. Also, reading a kindle map is at best, highly frustrating.
A warning to all: The tourist train from Alausi to the Nariz del Diablo, or Sibambe, is no longer the same experience it once was. The old cars have been replaced by modern cars. The price is now three times higher, $25 instead of $7.80. And, you can no longer ride on the roof. There is zero feeling of being in/on an old-time train. It is a terrible tourist trap to be avoided, not at all worth the time or the money.
[Dear Amazon, why is it not possible to post reviews only under the specific edition being reviewed? It is absurd to include an irrelevant review published in 2001, for an edition published in 2010.]