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The Rough Guide to Mexico (Rough Guides) Paperback – June 21, 2016
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This is a hefty guide, but after an introduction and some travel basics, it offers a great breakout of Mexico by geographic area. Mexico City rates its own chapter, as does the austerely beautiful Baja California. The chapters contain details on attractions, history, culture, and practicalities like where to stay, what to eat, how to get around, and how to get along. There are lots of interesting details about Pacific coast beach towns, Aztec temples in the mountains of the interior, and the jungles and the remains of the Maya civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula. The text is interwoven with some nice color photographs and maps of regions and some cities. All in all, this guide is a great basic resource for planning a first visit to Mexico.
- comprehensive (had all the key cities and regions)
- had detailed city maps and local transportation info (in addition to hotel and restaurants)
In comparison, Eyewitness was too brief to the point of little or no value (it had nice pictures of course that were not relevant to my destinations); it also didn’t cover in sufficient detail all the key spots in Mexico. Lonely Planet focused on hotels and restaurants and was light on sites and barely any maps and even fewer pics. The Rough Guide was the Goldilocks of the available books. Though not perfect, it was enough for us to reference generally where to go and what to prioritize, which we can then fill in online for other details.