Are Guide Books Redundant? (NON USA)

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  1. Django Loco

    Django Loco Banned

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    What guide books do RTW or regional travelers use?
    Has Jo Momma make guide books redundant?
    Any favorites for Latin America?

    I've seen ones from:
    Rough Guide
    Lonely Planet
    Footprint

    All the others are either individual country books or regional ones.

    How accurate are they?

    Cheers for any tips!
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  2. usgser

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    For basic lore like food, lodging, travel etc the Lonely Planet "individual" country guides are good. The ones that cover an entire area like South America in one book are pretty weak. Make sure you have the latest edition too. I've only used one Rough guide book and it was ok.
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  3. Django Loco

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    Sounds like not too much has changed. I used guide books both in the EU and
    S.America.(years ago) At every hosteria or hotel you'd find current discarded copies of various guide books. Some details (prices mostly) would have changed but a year old guide book works mostly OK.

    Same deal then with the "do all" books. The South America handbook being the one exception. It was excellent. No idea if it's still in print.

    Seems to me with the instant and current info available online, guide books have kinda gone the way of the DoDo. Still, somehow a good guide book is comforting.
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    I like them...as a guide, not gospel. But damn, do they take up a lot of room and they're heavy. :D
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    I like to have a guide book, especially if signs etc. are not in roman script. The Lonely Planet country specific guidebooks are good for most of the world. I once met Tony Wheeler when the Pakistan book was in it's first and only printing and it sucked but was the only one. He freely admited that since he cornered the market he wouldn't even try to improve it.

    That's the case with the central asia book today.

    As for Latin America, let me just say this. I am friends with one of the Lonley Planet authors for those books and she carries a Footprint guide when she is down there.
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