From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years, and as a result has experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.
The wonders of Chile's long stretch of landscape reach from tropical splendors in the north to icy behemoths in the south--with 4,000 kilometers of volcanoes, fjords, and lakes in between. Whether you seek outdoor or urban adventures, this guide has what you need to eat, sleep, speak, and experience the finest Chile has to offer. Also included are details for travel to the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. --Kathryn True
Lonely Planet's "Travel Survival Kits" cover one country, or a small group of countries, in depth, with travel and accommodation options to suit a range of budgets. These guides are designed to be easy to use, providing practical travel information in a lively, entertaining style. Features of this series include: cultural and historical background; detailed maps of cities, towns and rural areas; information on getting there and getting around; practical information on every aspect of travel; health and safety advice; information on local cuisine; advice on customs and etiquette; key words, phrases and basic grammar of local languages; and names of places, restaurants and hotels in foreign script where applicable. Encompassing a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Chile boasts a varied landscape, from desert to lush forest, snow-capped volcanoes, glaciers and fjords. Easter Island, in the South Pacific, is famous for its huge stone statues. This "Travel Survival Kit" contains up-to-date travel information on these two destinations.