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4.0 von 5 Sternen Precise, a lot of ground well covered
This was the guide for our trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. We have visited Maya ruins of Chichén Itza, Tikal and Palenque, then enjoyed the fine beaches in Riviera Maya. The guidebook was precise, and we are satisfied with all the hotels and hostels we stayed in. Only once did we stay somewhere else, and in our view the hotel turned out to be overpriced and...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Essential - but unfortunately not perfect
To be honest, after I was more than happy with the "Footprint South America" few years ago (in opposite to all the complains I heard from people travelling there with the "Lonely Planet"), it was no question for me which one to choose for the trip to Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador).

My friend liked to have an own book, well, no probs,...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Essential - but unfortunately not perfect, 1. August 2007
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To be honest, after I was more than happy with the "Footprint South America" few years ago (in opposite to all the complains I heard from people travelling there with the "Lonely Planet"), it was no question for me which one to choose for the trip to Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador).

My friend liked to have an own book, well, no probs, he choose the "Let's go" cos it was the most actual one available at the time of travel (Spring 2007). So we had the chance two ask to guides for the right way ;-)

In my memories the South American guide impressed me again and again with very acurate informations, unfortunately I wasn't impressend by the Central American edititon, even it is published as well new in every year.

Positive before travelling: the countries are sorted from north to south, that means, I could cut the number of pages by appr. 50% (Mexico and south of Honduras) and this is positive for backpackers, when every gramm counts. (some other books are sorted by alphabet, so you will need to cut the book more often).

But the main point are the information inside: Of course, you can't expect very detailled ones if you combine whole Central America in one book, but what is printed should be as correct as possible and it wasn't. The worst example in my memories that I missed a bus from San Salvador because they printed 0215 instead 1415 (24 hours time are usual in this book).

The maps at the end gives you a good overview, but I missed more detailled ones beside the text.

Prices were printed most time in USD, even all countries (except El Salvador) deal mainly in local currency. If this is more acurate by the time? I don't think so.

I have to say, that I don't speak Spanish so it is a problem for me to check the information and ask the locals for the way, times, connections, ... Due to this fact and the unstable information from the book I was more than happy for the possibility of checking a second guide, and in my memories the "Let's go" was more often right (even as well not always), the maps were more detailled.

Anyway, you definitely come along with the book, but I hope Footprint will improve the next edition.

I've no information on the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide, the other two possible options. So at the end, if I travel again I don't know yet which book I'll use than :-)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Precise, a lot of ground well covered, 6. Oktober 2007
This was the guide for our trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. We have visited Maya ruins of Chichén Itza, Tikal and Palenque, then enjoyed the fine beaches in Riviera Maya. The guidebook was precise, and we are satisfied with all the hotels and hostels we stayed in. Only once did we stay somewhere else, and in our view the hotel turned out to be overpriced and hostile to customers (Hotel Xbalamqué, Cancun).

The transport section was also correct in all cases, which of course is very important when travelling in a foreign country. In Belize we compared our FP to a LP, and while our book showed a possible way to go from Flores to Palenque in one day, this information was not offered by the LP. It turned out there was a way, organized by a local travel agency not hard too find. (We travelled for 7 hours in minibus, boat and again in minibus.)

In the end, we enjoyed our trip with this guide book. There are only a few negative sides. A currency conversion table would be nice (even though these change, but at some borders it is better than nothing). Also, the price of petrol (in US-$) at the time of writing could be given so that rises in oil prices do not lead to tourists believing that taxi and bus drivers rip them off. And while the book states that non-Spanish speakers could at times "become very frustrated and feel helpless", this also applies to those who speak the language. ;-)
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Central America & Mexico Handbook 2004 (Footprint Central America Handbook)
Central America & Mexico Handbook 2004 (Footprint Central America Handbook) von Peter Hutchison (Taschenbuch - 31. August 2003)
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