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I would wager the morons who ranked this book the best guide for South America have never actually taken it with them on a trip. I spent two months in South America with this waste of space, and found more reliable restaurant and hotel descriptions from taxi drivers and chumps in the bus stations. It's poorly organized, doesn't have enough maps, offers confusing or incomplete information, and the hotels and restaurant descriptions are completely unreliable.
Supposedly this book is the most up to date, but I lost count of how many restaurants listed in it are now out of business, how many hotels are misplaced on its maps, and how many providers in this book do not live up to its descriptions.
One example: the book mentions a place in Puerto Iguazu with ¨great showers.¨ Odd that the authors select this feature to shout out. I checked into the hotel and found the shower so small I could barely turn around inside it, and the flow of water from the showerhead is a mere trickle. Also, the shower door is coming off its rusted hinges, and the drain screen popped off the shower floor, leaving me standing naked over an open concrete hole. THIS is a GREAT shower?
Hotels, like the above, consistently fell below the book's descriptions and ABOVE the book's described pricing. When I stayed in places not listed in the book, I found myself much happier. Likewise, the restaurants listed in here are often completely crap, serving cold, undercooked food, and/or having pathetic service.
I seriously wonder if the authors have ever visited these establishments, or if they simply listed a bunch of random places they found on Google. Or perhaps the establishments listed PAID the authors for the listing. Either way, you're better off traveling with Yelp or just flip a coin to decide where to stay!
Here's the worst part about this guide: apparently its lists include a bunch of places the authors don't even recommend! The book lists hotels and restaurants, and then every so often it will say ¨recommended.¨ Wait, wait, wait.... Shouldn't they ALL be recommended? Isn't that why you PUT THEM IN THE BOOK? Why bother listing crap you don't recommend???? Why tell me to go some place that isn't worth my time!?
See, in a REAL guide, like a Fodor's Guide or something, then simply putting a hotel in the book means it's recommended, it's WORTH something, it's worth the ink, it's worth your time, it won't give you fleas or salmonella. If they want to go further, they give it a star ABOVE the regular recommendation. And if they really want to mark a place high, they give it the ¨Fodor's Choice.¨
But this Footpring book? No ranking system. Nothing. Apparently it just lists a bunch of random crap, a lot of which actually is crap (I have ended up staying at some HORRIBLE places listed in here.) And when the authors actually want to recommend a place, they write ¨recommended¨ in the description. And even when they give a place their ¨recommended,¨the place can STILL turn out to be a total craphole. I absolutely could not count on this book for descriptions. About two weeks into my trip, I stopped using the book for restaurants completely because it kept steering me to such awful places. Asking locals on the street for their recommendations was about 100 times more reliable.
I will never buy another Footprint Guide. Nor will I trust the chumps who rank these guides because they are even more ignorant than the authors of this book. I am SO disappointed.