Lonely Planet Peru (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/1
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Lonely Planet books contain information on history and culture, accommodation, local cuisine, places and times to visit, language tips, maps, and health and safety advice. They are aimed at people on a variety of budgets.
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We tried several of Lonely Planet's "picks" for restaurants and hotels, and definitely agree with their recommendations. Price guidelines for hotels and food were useful and fairly accurate too. Knowing what a bus or cab should cost before getting onboard was very helpful. The book also had some good recommendations for hikes and side-trips that I didn't see in the other books I read. I will say that the Moon Travel book has a lot of good recommendations that we took as well. Traveling in Peru is not very complicated, but we made good use of this guide and I would recommend it. Peru is an amazing place to travel and the 2010 Lonely Planet guide helped a lot.
I particularly liked the section on health issues. This guidebook did a better job with altitude sickness, and some of the jungle diseases than any of the other guidebooks I have read. To my chagrim, I read that the two most commonly used medications for altitude sickness were contraindicated for me. I found out that I would have to plan well before my trip so that I could get all of the the proper immunizations for the jungle part of our trip. Based on the book, I decided to get a travel medicine consult--a very good move that probably saved me a lot of potential problems.
The sections on social customs and conveniences were helpful. You wouldn't buy a guidebook just because it has a section explaining Peruvain toilets and toilet paper, but things like this are really really useful if you are traveling with kids.
The climate charts for different sections of Peru only occupy a page or two, but are actually quite helpful in planning vacation dates.
I would have liked for the guide to include more information on the beautiful and remote Manu National Park. I had to buy another book and go on the Internet to get much information on that area.
Familiar LP Country Guide format allows you to find information quickly if you know the format from another country guide
Comprehensive coverage of most places any tourist would want to visit
Separate "Dangers & Annoyances" sections for each section - because they vary
Color section up front helps you decide what your priorities are for visiting
None I have found. I think this updated Peru guide is among the best of LP guides I have seen.
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The Lonely Planet Country Guide series is the classic. This review is for the LP Peru book. It provides the most detail of any of the LP guides for Peru. I will compare this book to a new one, Lonely Planet Discover Peru, and an old classic, Lonely Planet South America (for the Peru section only).
All three books are very good, but some books will suit certain travelers more than others. So:
WHICH IS THE RIGHT GUIDE FOR YOU?
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. See my review there for more.
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. 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 look at the Discover guide some time before you have finalized your plans is ideal. Then, 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.
COMPARING THE GUIDES
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, and of the guides will suffice.
CONTENTS: 580 pages
Peru Overview: 77 pages - itineraries, History, Culture, Food and Drink, Environment
Lima: 47 pages
Nazca, Arequipa, the South: 70 pages
Puno and Lake Titicaca: 26 pages
Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and around: 117 pages
Huaraz, and the North: 123 pages
Amazon Basin: 49 pages
Misc Information Listings: 72 pages
While this book does not have as many pictures as Lonely Planet Discover Peru, it is, for me, the best choice to bring on the road. I used Discover Peru fo research before the trip, but on arriving, I only read this LP Peru Country guide. But because my needs and style of travel is likely different from yours, I urge you to look them over at a bookstore or library before making your choice.
I have visited more than 46 countries for both work and vacation. I own or have used more than 70 travel guides from LP, Rough, DK, and others, and have reviewed several. Even for short trips, maybe especially for short trips, a travel guide is useful to fine essential things to see. I have visited Peru only once, but I am hungry to return to visit the other parts I have read about in this book.