- Taschenbuch: 768 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet Publications; Auflage: 8th ed. (1. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1742200109
- ISBN-13: 978-1742200101
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 3 x 19,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 60.523 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Lonely Planet Central America on a Shoestring (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2013
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This edition however, regularly suggests accommodation over (often way over) $100 per night. Doesn't include any useful information about overland border crossings and doesn't really have any information on free things to do in areas.
In Mexico it lists only the price of the most expensive bus line, ADO (often double other very acceptable companies like Oriente).
It also needs proof reading, regularly rooms that are doubles are listed as cheaper than singles (when clearly it is intended to be the other way around) and the same with bathrooms/shared bathrooms. There has also been a restyling of the chapters, and now a lot of the useful information for certain countries is listed at the end of a chapter, or in the directory at the back of the book (not particularly handy if you're on a kindle or other non hard copy). Also, for the Kindle and E-reader versions, the new light colour scheme of the book, which is ported directly from the hard copy, makes maps virtually unreadable, and thus useless - especially when compared to the previous edition.
On the plus side it still has a basic guide to lots of regions, and will often list at least two budget places per destination (out of about 6). It has great advice on local food as well, but nothing that you couldn't discover yourself from just asking a local or just walking around. It also has relatively up to date prices on attractions, but again, for the most part, if you want to go to Chitchen Itza, you probably already know it's going to be relatively expensive.
Also, if you really wanted to fly from small town to small town, throughout central america, a significant amount of the "Getting Away" section, often over half of this information will be dedicated to airlines instead of cheap, budget local transport (ie. bus, collectivo, boats).
All in all, it feels very much like LP has forgone the whole "Shoestring" thing, and is instead aiming to make it a condensed guide to the entire region (regardless of budget), and it also feels like its been rushed out (with plenty of mistakes) to make a bit of extra cash for the high season in Central America.
End summary: major disappointment, I'm just glad that i didn't get the actual book, because then id be travelling around with a useless brick for the next 3 months.
This particular LP is full of unwarranted enthusiasm and flowery language for places that aren't worth spending a lot of time in, especially if you're on a long trip through Central America (which you of course would be, if you were using this book). Also, information contained is not at all comparative nor discriminatory (e.g. "if you have been to place A, you may not need to go to place B) - writers just seem jazzed about every single thing, which makes using this book for selecting destinations rather frustrating. I just couldn't trust the authors' judgment on a lot of things.
Maps didn't exist for numerous places I visited in Central America. I would happily dump the pages and pages of historical information included in favor of more maps, even if they're small and simple. Transit information (the most important thing a guidebook can provide, in my opinion) was sometimes disorganized and hard to reference as well.
Tripadvisor is a more powerful tool for restaurant and lodging searches than printed guidebooks days. The intense focus on lodgings and food in the LP isn't helpful. Cut some of this too, in favor of more maps, better organized transport info, or just LESS PHYSICAL SIZE OF THE BOOK.
After my experience in Central America, I can't recommend this book. If it was my call, I'd buy individual guidebooks for each country (and not necessarily Lonely Planet books). Or no guidebook at all.