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Discover Peru: Country Guide (Discover Guides) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Carolina A. Miranda
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1. Juni 2011 Discover Guides
Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the enigmatic Nazca Lines – we’ve selected the most iconic sights and incredible places so you can enjoy the real Peru with the minimum of fuss. •Full-colour throughout •Ideal for one- to two-week trips •Itineraries make planning your trip simpler than ever •Highlights reveal the must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences •Local experts recommend what not to miss •Easy-to-use maps make getting around simpler than ever

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  • Taschenbuch: 373 Seiten
  • Verlag: Lonely Planet; Auflage: 1 (1. Juni 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1742200028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200026
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,8 x 13 x 1,7 cm
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Experience the best of Peru. This full-colour guide does the work for you, cutting straight to the must-see highlights of the country so no matter what your time frame or budget, you won't miss the best bits.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen very dissapointing! 18. Dezember 2012
Von Rene
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I'm buying the “Lonely Plant” books for years; I must have dozens of them. Here they’ve decided to change the format. A very regrettable decision.
The biggest problem is that valuable information was left out and replaced by useless pictures.
The information is divided in the most inconvenient way, very difficult to orientate yourself in this book, and it is really a pity.
If you are looking for a travel guide to Peru – do not bother to buy this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great for getting a quick understanding, or for a more casual visit 11. Oktober 2011
Von Mark Colan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Lonely Planet (LP) has introduced a new line of guidebooks, the Discover series, including this one. To me they seem similar to the DK series - lots of color photographs, less text, attractively designed, glossy paper, usually one topic per open pair of pages, but that one topic is covered quite well. Color is used for the edges of pages, to make it easy to find a section for the part of the country you are visiting. Overall the graphic design and use of color of whitespace lends both excitement and useability to the guide.

Unfortunately, there appears to be confusion about this new LP series. Although each LP Discover so far covers one country, it does NOT replace LP Country Guides. Some people have bought it thinking it is a new look for an updated country guide and are not happy with it - "This is horrible, this is like a travel advertisement, I'll never buy another LP again, etc.". Needless to say, it is not for everyone. Fortunately, you have a lot of choices in the best guide for YOU, so...


If you want to visit Peru, you have several choices. Aside from three LP guides, there are guides from Eyewitness, Frommer's, National Geographic, Moon, Mobi, Fodor's, Rough Guide, Viva, and probably others. For this review, I have looked at the three Amazon guides only. A good way to decide which is best is to go to your library and look them all over.

Lonely Planet South America: On a Shoestring (Shoestring Travel Guide) has comprehensive but abbreviated coverage of every country. This would be a good choice if you were visiting several countries without spending a lot of time in most of them and weight is an issue (for example, if you are backpacking).

The traditional Lonely Planet Peru (Country Travel Guide) is a fine choice if you will be spending more time in one country in some depth. It has the most information of any of the books. However, it too is not for everyone; some people complain that this style is all text and not very exciting. There are SOME color pictures, and plenty of maps, but it is indeed mostly text. That information is what people buy it for.

Then there is this new Lonely Planet Discover Peru (Full Color Country Travel Guide). It has enough information for a casual traveler, but nowhere near as much as the LP country guide. It is excellent for doing research ahead of any trip to decide your priorities for where you will go. It is well designed for someone who wants to absorb a lot of information quickly via pictures, enough information to make informed choices on where to go.

As I sit here in Lima, preparing to go out for the day, I have all three guides with me. Which do I choose? Hands down: the LP Peru country guide (NOT LP Discover Peru). I don't need the pictures or the heavy glossy paper as I walk around; I do need facts. Sure, it covers the whole country, but so far there is no Lima City Guide, which would be my choice if it existed and I could have any guide I wanted.

I think that looking at the Discover guide before you have finalized your plans is ideal, but when it's time to go, bring either the LP Peru country guide (if you're spending significant time around Peru and maybe one other country) or the South America Guide (if you are going to hop around several countries). If will only visit briefly, the Discover guide should be enough. It does provide essential information to getting to places well outside of the city, such as Cusco/Machu Picchu.

I like the LP Country Guides because they have similar organizations, so if you are used to one, you can easily find the information you need in any of them. But I love the Discover guide for learning about a country that's new to me, or for finding places I have not discovered in an otherwise familiar country.

Having read LPDP and LPP, and the Peru section of LPSA, I think they are all good guides, but they are different guides for different travel plans.


Note: LPDP means the LP Discover Peru book. LPP means the LP Peru Country Guide. LPSA is the LP South America guide.

Peru Page count: LPDP 372, LPP 580, LPSA 112 pages.

For Cusco area and Machu Piccu, LPDP 64, LPP 76, LPSA 20 pages.

For Puno, LPDP lists 8 restaurants and 3 bars, LPP lists 10 eating options and 3 bars, LPSA lists 5 restaurants and 1 bar.

Lima Museums described: LPDP 7, LPP 17, LPSA 5. LPP has the longest descriptions - up to a few paragraphs - then LPDP (one or two paragraphs) and LPSA (some one paragraph discusesses two museums). Museo de la Electricidad and other lesser-known museums are not covered in any of the guides.

The essential difference between LPDP and the other two is that the average page has about 50% taken up with pictures and maps, whereas the other two have an average of about 10% maps and pictures, leaving a lot more room for text. LPDP is printed on heavier, glossy paper, and though it has 64% as many pages as LPP, it weighs about the same.

If you are planning to spend 5 days to see Lima and Machu Picchu, any of the guides will suffice.

CONTENTS: 372 pages

Peru Overview: 47 pages
Lima: 40 pages
Nazca, Arequipa, the South: 42 pages
Puno and Lake Titicaca: 24 pages
Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and around: 64 pages
Huaraz, Trujillo and the North: 50 pages
Iquitos & Amazon Basin: 32 pages
Misc Information Listings: 48 pages


This book is brand new and I received a review copy 3 days before I left for South America. I have not noticed any problems in what it says, but my first visit is relatively short here. I think the book is a very good compromise of less information to allow more pictures, but for me, the country guide is a better choice when I am in the country. I read this book first to get a quick overview of the parts of the country I would be visiting.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen My first "Discover" book. 13. Oktober 2011
Von MussSyke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is my first book in the "Discover" line by Lonely Planet. Before I had it, I had assumed they were trying to reach every segment of the market, including those who prefer the DK Eyewitness line. I also couldn't help but smile at the irony of this company - proud of their backpacker/environmentalist/hippie heritage - slowly trying to take over the world, one market at a time.

Actually, I am pleasantly surprised. Although it has a lot of pictures, it doesn't really have the same feel as the DK line (disclaimer: I haven't read one of them in a long time). Whereas DK shows you where to go step-by-step, picture-by-picture so you don't get lost, the Discover just sort of acts like half "coffee-table book"/half guide book.

For me, that is actually perfect when you're in the planning phase of a trip or when you're trying to decide where to go. It gets you browsing even when you're not in the mood to read (and let's face it - the middle of most travel books is always tough reading), it gives you plenty of idea what you can expect to see, and you'll inevitably read more than if you're stuck with a huge block of dense text in front of you. ...Before my last vacation, I only had a regular LP from that brief blip in time when the whole book was blue and white, and I just couldn't get myself to read that thing until I was actually at my destination, which made it overall less helpful.

Understand that much of the text - especially in the back - is a direct copy from multiple other books by LP.

It loses a star for having the usual Lonely Planet problems - too much stating their beliefs as facts (regarding "green" matters), and just talking about it too much in general, using creative superlatives where there should be none, and an absurd fear of driving, which they also push on the reader, probably to push the agenda stated earlier in this paragraph. To be fair, these are common problems for many guidebooks.

I like this book, as it gives me a great intro to and gets me excited about going to Peru. I'm not really sure it'll be the only book I take along when I go, but for now, in the pre-planning phases, it's pretty nice to have around.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lacks Depth 25. Oktober 2011
Von Lemon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Discover Peru is a practical guide to Peru, strewn with colorful pictures and helpful maps, highlighting the six (6) major regions of Peru. The regions are easily searchable by color tabs on the side of each page, making thumbing easy. The book is primarily pictures with minimal copy - focusing on "highlights" of the various regions as well as carefully laid out suggested "itineraries" that give you a guide on how many days you should plan to be in each area. Each section also gives details on sights and activities, entertainment, sleep and eat (with $$$ to indicate cost) - including phone numbers and websites for locations. I gave the book a 3 rating, because it seems to lack depth, with very little information about the history or culture of the country. It almost feels overly "marketing" driven, and makes me wonder if Peru chamber of commerce helped write it. That said, it is a solid book and I would recommend buying it, but be ready to do some detailed online research as well - to get a fuller picture of the experience. I haven't been to Peru yet, so I might update this review when I get back.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Get this book to become independent traveler 26. Oktober 2011
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Discover Peru contains extensive coverage of Peru's jewel: Machu Picchu including health precaution (altitude sickness) when you arrive in Cuzco, the town near Machu Picchu. Don't waste money buying pre-packaged tour from U.S. travel agent. With this book in hand, you can gather all information to be an "independent" traveler. Go with your own leisure. If you have no time to research sightseeing, this book has web references to several local tour agents (hopefully they charge less).

Inca trail around Machu Picchu is also discussed in about 3 pages. But the information may not be enough if you plan to take the 43km 4-day mountain trekking. Get a specialized book of Machu Picchu trekking. Web references of Peru mountain guide association are provided.

Peru is not just Machu Picchu! Discover Peru has a dedicated section of travelling to the jungle of Amazon Basin. However, I think the prices of jungle trekking and river cruises are too high.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great guide to Peru 25. November 2011
Von Nick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have to give Lonely Planet some credit - their Discover series has really stepped it up, and taken a bite out of DK and Rough Guides with more photos, a top highlights section and their wealth of information for the independent traveler.

The book is broken down into 6 sections, each containing the extremely valuable highlights and suggested itineraries. It also has a list of things not to miss at the beginning of the book, so you can feel like you've properly "done" Peru. I'm a bit disappointed by the seeming lack of coverage for Machu Picchu, but I'd probably buy a specific book just for that trek alone.

If you wanted to start planning a trip to Peru, this is a great resource to start with and you'll probably keep this in your hand for most of the trip. But like any trip, always consult another source just in case.
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