South American Handbook 2012

South American Handbook 2012

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Wake up to the intoxicating aromas of exotic herbs as you saunter through the bustling street markets of Bolivia's biggest city, La Paz, or watch the white-sand beaches of Venezuela sparkle beneath the afternoon sun. Footprint's 88th edition of the South American Handbook is the perfect guidebook for the intrepid traveller wanting to explore length and breadth of this vast and fascinating continent. From dense rainforests to towering mountain ranges, gourmet coffee to tropical fruit, ancient ruins to lively city squares: Footprint's revised and updated guide to South America is the perfect guide to this rich and vibrant continent. * Highlights the best wildlife experiences and festivals that the continent has to offer * Includes information on how to get there and how to get around plus carefully planned itineraries to help you have the best possible experience whether you're traveling for a week or a month * Features indispensable advice on traveling with children * The heart of the guide is divided by country and region, giving comprehensive information on Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Guianas, and the Falkland Islands. * Each country and region has an overview map which includes 'Don't miss' destinations, local information on how to get around and detailed street maps where relevant * Detailed listings on where to sleep, eat and play are provided for every destination within each country, enabling you to have an even better travel experience. Footprint's legendary South American Handbook will help you see the real South America, taking you from vibrant carnivals to awe-inspiring deserts, enabling you to get closer than you ever imagined to the irresistible spirit of the world's greatest more

Product details

  • Hardback | 1848 pages
  • 112 x 182 x 46mm | 721.21g
  • Footprint Travel Guides
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 88th edition
  • col. Illustrations, col. maps
  • 1907263438
  • 9781907263439
  • 164,030

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Stuffed with up-to-date information on how to get the best out of Latin America. Daily Telegraph, UKshow more

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Updated annually, ensuring you have the most accurate and reliable guide available Expert author Ben knows South America inside out; he has travelled extensively throughoutcontinent researching this new edition Durable, compact, lightweight books that are portable and designed for the rigours of independenttravel Comprehensive coverage of the main attractions, plus dozens of activities and adventures that willhelp you get off the beaten track In-depth information about history, culture and politics Inspirational trip planning with itineraries and mapsshow more

About Ben Box

One of the first assignments Ben Box took as a freelance writer in 1980 was subediting work on the South American Handbook. The plan then was to write about contemporary Iberian and Latin American affairs, but in no time at all the lands south of the Rio Grande took over, inspiring journeys to all corners of the subcontinent. Ben has contributed to newspapers, magazines and learned tomes, usually on the subject of travel, and became editor of the South American Handbook in 1989. He has also been involved in Footprint's Handbooks on Central America & Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Brazil, Peru, Cuzco & the Inca Heartland, and Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. On many of these titles he has collaborated with his wife and Footprint Caribbean expert, Sarah Cameron. Having a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese studies from London University, Ben maintains a strong interest in Latin American literature. In the British summer he plays cricket for his local village side and year round he attempts to achieve some level of self-sufficiency in fruit and veg in a rather unruly country garden in more

Table of contents

(1) Introduction - Highlights map, Best wildlife experiences, Best festivals; (2) Essentials - Planning your trip, Sports and activities, Responsible travel, Getting there, Getting around, Sleeping, Eating, Shopping, Essentials a-z; (3) Argentina - Planning your trip, Buenos Aires and the Pampas, West of Buenos Aires, Northwest Argentina, The Northeast, Lake District, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego; (4) Bolivia - Planning your trip, La Paz anda round, Lake Titicaca, The Yungas, Southwest Bolivia, Central and Southern Highlands, Northern Lowlands, Santa Cruz and Eastern Lowlands; (5) Brazil - Planning your trip, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, Southern Brazil, Foz do Iguacu, Salvador de Bahia, Recife and Northeast coast, The Amazon, Amazon frontiers, Brasilia and Goias, The Pantanal; (6) Chile - Planning your trip, Santiago and around, Valparaiso and around, North of Santiago, Far north, Central Valley, Lake District, Puerto Montt and Chiloe, Carretera Austral, Far south, Chilean Pacific Islands (7) Colombia - Planning your trip, Bogota, Bogota to the Venezuelan border, Medellin and Choco, La Zona Cafetera, Cali and the Cauca Valley, Popayan, Tierradentro and San Agustin, Southern Colombia, (8) Ecuador - Planning your trip, Quito, Northern Ecuador, Cotopaxi, Latacunga and Quilotoa, Banos and Riobamba, Cuenca and around, Cuenca to the Peruvian border, Guayaquil and south to Peru, Pacific lowlands, The Oriente, Galapagos Islands (9) Paraguay - Planning your trip, Asuncion, Region Oriental: South of Asuncion, North of Asuncion, The Chaco (10) Peru - Planning your trip, Lima, Huaraz and the Cordilleras, North coast, Northern Highlands, South coast, Arequipa and the far south, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Central Highlands, Amazon Basin; (11) Uruguay - Planning your trip, Montevideo, Western Uruguay, Eastern Uruguay; (12) Venezuela - Planning your trip, Caracas, West from Caracas, Merida and around, Los Llanos and the Amazonas, East coast, Canaima and the Orinoco Delta; (13) Guianas - Guyana, Suriname, Guyane; (14) Falkland Islands - Planning your trip, Stanley and around, Beyond the Falklands (14) Pre-independence history, Post-independence history, Government, People, Land and environment, Culture; (10) Footnotes - Index, Advertisers' index, About the author, Acknowledgements, Travellers' letters, Creditsshow more

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