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Written by Raenelle on Saturday, May 24, 2008

It’s important to have some information on the countries that we’re travelling to, but it’s always hard to know where to find the best information. On our travels so far, we’ve found that the Lonely Planet guidebooks work quite well for us. They provide enough information, without overloading us with too many details.

The downside is that, like all other guidebooks, they tend to focus on the touristy places andsouth-america-guides.jpg things to do. Since we tend to try and stay off the beaten track, this renders most of the content useless to us. However, we DO find the guides useful for navigating through towns and cities, so I have ‘narrowed’ it down to the following list of Lonely Planet guides that we’ll be taking with us. Basically, we’re taking a whole library!

Country Travel Guides:

  • Mexico
  • Central America on a Shoestring
  • South America on a Shoestring (covers the Guianas, Suriname, Paraguay & Uruguay not covered in other guidebooks)
  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Chile & Easter Island
  • Argentina

Other Lonely Planet Guides:

  • Trekking in the Central Andes
  • Trekking in the Patagonian Andes
  • Healthy Travel Central & South America
  • Latin American Spanish Phrasebook
  • Brazilian Portuguese Phrasebook
  • Quechua Phrasebook

I’ve decided to purchase the guides from Amazon.ca who are the cheapest in Canada, and also have most of these guides in stock at any given time.

Further Reading on South America 2008:

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