I've been backpack traveling for 20 years and this was my fourth trip to Nicaragua. It's a great adventure and still very authentic.
Decided to get this book, since it was just released. Years ago, the LP books were just great. Gave you insight to all of the interesting nooks and cranny's of your destination country and gave lots of accurate travel and lodging information.
That has steadily gone down hill and this has got to be the worst. I'm pretty sure these people never even visited some of these places - or they sent someone else or it had been visited years ago.
Many of the facts [bus times, boat times, boat types, etc) are just wrong - and I'm talking about things that haven't changed since my first trip in 2006!
The book doesn't even highlight or provide information on some of the best activities - I mean some really cool things to do - it's not even in the book. Doesn't make sense.
Even the top 10 destinations are poorly covered. Take Vulcan Masaya - listed in the front on its own page as one the top things to do.
Terrible. Everything from correct information about the "parrots" at night, lack of information about the lava tunnels, vague information on how to walk to the top (books says "it's a long hot walk"....Come on, give me some facts, it's 3 miles and 2000 ft elevation change and will take you 1.25 hrs on average), lacking transport information on how to hop on buses that pass every 2 minutes that will take you there for $0.25 from Masaya [or even Granada]
And the reviews of the hotels / places to stay are TERRIBLY wrong.
For example, we stayed at place not so highly rated by LP at Laguna de Apoyo. Well, that SAME place was rated a nearly perfect score on Trip Advisor AND voted BEST place to stay at Apoyo. So, How was the place? AWESOME. We extended out stay there twice. It was really good.
At the beach town of San Juan del Sur, there's a beach shuttle from one of the hostels. The time of shuttles are on this home made wooden sign hanging high above. It's the same sign from before 2006. The times in the book are wrong! Thank god that we had so little faith in the book we decided to stop by early and check the time. If we hadn't we would have missed the only ride out to the awesome beaches on our last day. Unbelievable.
I can go on and on. I cannot recommend this book.
Why two stars vs one. Well if you had nothing or this book, it's still worth having. Only if you have no other choices.
It really should be one star.