Item description for Peru, 6th (Footprint - Travel Guides) by Ben Box...
Peru is the heart of the Andes and home to the driest desert in the world. This is the only guide for free-spirited travellers who want to get beyond both the Gringo and the Inca trails with detailed accounts of the best off-the-beaten-track sites. Activity-packed for thrill-seekers visiting the country, Footprint Peru takes you surfing, white water rafting and trekking through the heart of this fascinating land. With a comprehensive background section detailing all you need to know about the ancient culture and history of Peru, this guide also takes travellers off the beaten track to find wildlife sanctuaries, the source of the Amazon, pyramids, condors and the famous Inca Trail
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 4.9" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Footprint Handbooks
ISBN 1904777880 ISBN13 9781904777885
Availability 0 units.
More About Ben Box
Australian-born Lucy E Cousins has visited over 30 countries from Jordan to Venezuela, travelling by bus, bicycle, canoe, Amazon ferry and on foot, and has lived in London, Bolivia and Argentina. In 2004, while backpacking for a year around South America, she fell in love with Buenos Aires. Two years later she moved there to start her own English-language newspaper called The Argentimes. She has since worked as the editor of the Buenos Aires pages of ontheroadtravel.com, and the South American Explorers magazine and is the director of the Buenos Aires office of the South American Explorers. She has previously written for Conde Nast Traveller, Timeout and several other publications in Buenos Aires, Australia and Bolivia."
Reviews - What do customers think about Peru, 6th (Footprint - Travel Guides)?
Not what I hoped for May 26, 2006
I just returned from a trip to Peru and this was about the worst guide book I have used. It provided very minimal information of the kind a traveler can use (especially for someone accustomed to the Lonely Planet series; the only reason I got this instead of LP was it was a bit newer). The maps are not very complete, the listings are even worse and there is very little info on the sights they list. Don't bother.
The best on Peru. Jul 4, 2005
The most experienced writers on South America produce the most complete, objective, relevant, orderly, up-to-date guide book on Peru, now also with the clearest maps. It has more detail on areas of growing interest like El Brujo, Chachapoyas & Huamachuco, newly opened sites like Caral, & getting to them, than any competitors. Footprint includes websites & still lists individual tour guides, while Lonely Planet includes out of date email addresses & hopes you will buy services from hotels & travel agents on their website. Cuzco is already saturated with tourists & information, & it is time other areas of Peru be made known in this way. It should be pointed out that Footprint has Cusco & The Inca Heartland, 3rd Edition (Footprint Cusco and the Inca Trail) by Ben Box (Paperback - May 25, 2006), to supplement the info in the Peru & South America books.
Solid and practical information Jun 17, 2005
I have used the all-encopmassing "South American Handbook" also by Footprint with great success, and this was my first attempt at a specific country guide. I was impressed with the useful and in-depth information regarding each city or town that I visited. The accommodation, food, and entertainment suggestions were spot-on and always just as it said.
The only thing lacking for me was the, um, somewhat skimpy coverage of some of the ancient sites. For example, the suggestion to take a taxi to the ruins of Tambo Machay and walking down to the city (Cuzco) was wonderful, but information pertaining to the specific sites on the way down (Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Quengo, and Sacsaywahyman) was restricted to a sentence (or less) each.
Low down: if you want spot-on guidebook for lodging, food, and entertainment listings, and are not as interested in the cultural sites, ruins, museums, and other things to do, this would be a perfect book. If you do want more of the ruins, cultural sites, etc., I would suggest another supplemental guide, perhaps.