Item description for Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize And the Yucatan (Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize, Yucatan) by Brian Bell...
For planning your trip or remembering your travels, even for the armchair traveler, an Insight Guide is a worthy companion. Inside the Guatemala, Belize and Yucatan Insight Guide youll find: # Evocative, full-color photography on every page. # 21 Cross-referenced, four-color maps throughout. # A Brief Introduction, including a Historical Timeline. # Lively essays by local writers on the culture, history, and people. # Expert evaluations on the sights really worth seeing such as Bonampak, Caracol, Isla Mujeres and Ixil Triangle. # Special features spotlighting particular topics of interest including exploring the Ruins and the treasures of Tikal. # A comprehensive Travel Tips section with listings on the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions as well as practical information on such things as getting around and things to do with children. The worlds largest visual travel guide series, Insight Guides, in association with Discovery Channel, the worlds premier source of nonfiction entertainment, provide more insight than ever. From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, Insight Guides captures the unique character of each culture with an insiders perspective.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize And the Yucatan (Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize, Yucatan)?
Great if you never plan on actually going to Guatemala.... Mar 23, 2008
This book is filled with beautiful pictures and some semi-informative history and background on the region. However, it is utterly useless as an actual travel guide. Information on where to stay, recommended eateries, and transportation options is limited to 34 pages at the end of a 388 page book, of which 10 pages are devoted to Guatemala, 10 pages to Belize, and 14 to Mexico's Yucatan. The lovely pictures and brief background information might serve to sway a wavering would-be traveler, but add 3 or so pounds of deadweight on to the actual journey. The real title of the book should be "The Insight Oversized Travel Brochure of Photos of Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan". We started the trip with only this unwieldy paperweight in our packs, and a day later, were standing on the shores of Lago Atitlan dumbfounded; not simply by the spectacular beauty surrounding us, but by the simple fact that we were standing there at all, fed, clothed, and housed, not a single facet of which was due to this bundle of paper useful primarily as fuel for a fire (though, if you in fact did so, the toxic fumes from the chemical-coated pages could probably kill you). We rushed to the local bookstore to pay gringo prices for Lonely Planet's "Central America on a Shoestring"; this guide actually made it possible for the journeys to follow.
Insight Guides Guatemala May 13, 2007
Great photos, excellent culture and history overview, highlights important sites ... the entire series by Insight Guides is the best. Don't leave home without one!