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The Rough Guide to Guatemala 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – February 16, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Travel Guides
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4th edition (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848360177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848360174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Shreve on February 27, 2009
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I was seriously disappointed with recent guide book updates by other travel guide companies about Guatemala. So, it was natural that I would immediately send for the newest one from Rough Guide.

Although I will probably only look at it in depth next year, when my annual Maya travels will again have me in Guatemala, I looked at enough pages to determine that this author actually visited Peten to update accurately about some of my favorite places there and near there.

If you are looking for the best travel guide for Guatemala, this one is currently THE one to buy. The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is that, being half Norwegian, I just don't do that sort of thing.
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I traveled by myself at the age of 20 to Guatemala during the summer of 2009. This guide greatly assisted me during my travels. For much of my time in Guatemala, I stayed in Quetzaltenango or Xela. Every week I traveled to different areas in the country, only having the information contained in this guide, there were enough details in this guide to allow me to conduct my travels in this fashion. I never once encountered a situation where the guide book was inaccurate.

If any readers are interested in traveling in this fashion I would highly recommend that you learn some spanish, because with any guide, obtaining clarification from the locals is what will be most effective in understanding exactly what the guide books are referencing. For example when I traveled from Xela to the volcano Tajamulco I was actually traveling with a local Guatemalan, if I would not have had this guide or was unable to speak spanish I most definately would have had to go through an adventure travel agency. Although in reality, I did meet other Americans down there that barely spoke any Spanish and were able to successfully travel from Xela to the surrounding areas by simply using guides similar to this one. Let me know if you have any questions...
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I have all three of the main travel guides for Guatemala, Rough Guide, MG, and LP, this is by far the best one, with MG second (MG's just a little out of date since it was published 2 years ago). Very detailed information, of the several areas I've traveled to in Guatemala the Rough Guide has been quite accurate and helpful, whenever I travel somewhere new I carry it with me.
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My wife and I just got back from Guatemala. In preparation for this trip, I researched all the guidebooks out there on the subject and ultimately chose this one. Our trip was focused on 3 areas, Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Tikal. In all, this guide book was a tremendous resource for each of these areas. There were a number of very helpful tips/ideas that we used or looked into, which added to the enjoyment of our trip. In addition, the sections in the back which go into more detail of the Mayan's is a nice read.
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I found this book to be the better one I used during my trip. It had good maps, good descriptions, and easy to use destinations, restaurants, and lodging. Also, the history section seemed to be fairly in depth, and I enjoyed reading it.
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Stayed in Guatemala city and the restaurants were not existant that were listed in the book. The map of Guatemala City was also incorrect with regards to musuem placement. Admission pricing was outdated too. Decent background information on Guatemala though.
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This is the best guide hands down for travelers interested in learning about Guatemala. Personally, I don't choose a guide for travel arrangements (not lodging, not restaurants, not bus schedules, all that can be figured out on line before you go or on the ground once you are there). I pick my travel guides so they can help me figure out where I want to go in order to see the country, and learn about its sites and history when I am standing on the spot.
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I purchased this guide due to many of the other recommendations already written. Having travelled to Guatemala in July, the book did not disappoint. I frequently referred to it when in Guatemala City and other cities to find good restaurants, hotel recommendations, information on historical sites, and other tips. Very useful!
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