Item description for Insight Guide Peru (Insight Guides) by Pam Barrett...
One of over 400 titles in the Insight series,
Insight Guide Peru. This 358-page book includes a section detailing Peru's history, 9 features covering the country's life and culture, ranging from the Quechua-speaking people of the Andes to the fusion of Catholic, Inca and early agricultural rites, a region by region visitor's guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus many exciting photographs and 10 maps.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Guide Peru (Insight Guides)?
Armchair Traveller Sep 24, 2006
I've always wanted to visit Peru and see for myself not only the ancient places and the beautiful landscape but also the cities, villages, markets, and Peruvians of today. And now too many years have gone by when I had neither the money nor the time. Time is abundant now, but health not any longer. So I just bought the Insight Guides book on Peru and what an excellent purchase this has been: The interesting articles on Peru's geography, history, culture, economics, traditions, and politics accompanied by a multitude of beautiful fotos and, last not least, good tips for the traveller as to what to do and take along, and where to go, and when to be careful, really make possible a personalized guided tour at your own leisure even while you comfortably sit in your armchair and, perhaps, have some CDs on with Peruvian folk music as a background. It is true that the book - because of the paper used to make the colourful fotos look their best - is a bit heavy to take along. But it certainly provides for an excellent preparation for those who are lucky enough to make the trip.
heavy Jan 11, 2006
The upside is that this book has a lot of really teriffic color photos. However, the upside is also its downside...since the pages are all the heavy glossy material, it makes for a disproportionately heavy book considering its small size. Good for reading before your trip, but might become too heavy to lug around while trekking through the country.
A great Guide, specially for specific interests Nov 30, 2004
Insight Guide Peru has one noticiable strenght by its side: This is probably the best source of deep background on specific destinations and activities. As a tour operator in Latin America I always recommend this particular guide when, for instance, travelers are deeply interested in bird watching in, say , the Manu Reserve in the peruvian this site jungle, a less well known destination when comparing to Macchu Pichu, the Nazca Lines or Senor de Sipan. Nevertheless, this level of detail is also available for the above mentioned "classic" destinies as well. Visually stunning, Insight Guide is the National Geographic of the Travel Guides.
Gorgeous! Jul 4, 2004
This is a beautiful, wonderfully illustrated book. I bought it, but didn't take it on my trip because friends were bringing along a copy. Even though we were on a tour, I found Danbury's "The Inca Trail: Cusco and Machu Picchu" a nice carry along. It's a good size and approaches Peru from a more "do-it-yourself" perspective.
In contrast, I look at the Insight Guide every day at home and thrill to the pictures and production quality. It is worth every penny and will stay in my house to remind me of an amazing place to visit.
Great for Planning a Trip & Understanding the Culture Apr 23, 2004
If you want to travel to Peru, this is the guide that will bring you cultural information, history of the sacred sites, the people, villages, fiestas, as well as climate, major attractions, places to stay, and info on the coastal desert, highlands and jungle geography. Beautiful full color pictures bring Peru to life, and a thorough index will guide you to just about anything you would want to know about this amazing place. A great guide for planning, and learning!