The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America (Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America)

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Press: Rough Guides; 3 edition (February 1, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-2
Author Name:Read, James; Brown, Polly Rodger;


The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America tells you everything you need to know before you go to Latin America, from visas and vaccinations to budgets and packing. 
It will help you plan the best possible trip, with advice on when to go and what not to miss, and how to avoid trouble on the road.
You'll find insightful information on what tickets to buy, where to stay, what to eat and how to stay healthy and save money in Latin America.
The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America includes overviews of each Latin American country highlighting the best places to visit with country-specific websites, clear maps, suggested reading and budget information.
Be inspired by the full-color "Things Not to Miss" section; use maps to help you plan your route.
In addition, all kinds of advice and anecdotes from travelers who've been there and done it will make traveling stress-free.
The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America has everything you need to get your journey underway.

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This book is intended to prepare you for your trip, whether it’s a couple of weeks on the beach in Cancún or a twelve-month journey from Mexico down to Tierra del Fuego. 
It’s a book to read before you go rather than an on-the-road guide, a planning handbook to help you decide on the kind of trip you’d like to make and prepare you for your journey.
The first thing you’ll need to decide is which countries and regions in Latin America you want to visit and which places to skip: the possibilities are outlined in Where To Go, the opening section of the book.
The book focuses on the twenty countries of Central and South America plus Mexico, and thus includes several countries – Belize, Guyana, Suriname – that are not strictly speaking part of Latin America, and excludes others – namely Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico – that are.
We’ve chosen to do this because travellers visiting several countries on the mainland may well include non-Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries on their itinerary, while most people visiting the Caribbean island nations tend to do so without visiting the mainland.
If you’re intending to visit one of the Latin American Caribbean islands mentioned above, however, you’ll find much of the general information and advice we give is also relevant there.
For each country covered, you’ll find a profile outlining what the destination offers first-timers, including a roundup of the main highlights and suggested itineraries, as well as a selection of personal recommendations and more out-of-the-way attractions.
The middle section of First-Time Latin America, The Big Adventure, deals with the practical details of travel in the region.
This is where you’ll find chapters on how to choose the right ticket and which guidebook to use, advice on how long you can afford to stay away and what you need to take with you when you go, and a selection of books and films to inspire your travels, along with lists of useful websites to consult.
This section also looks at life on the road in Latin America, giving you an idea of what to expect in terms of transport and accommodation, advice on how to stay safe and healthy while you’re away, and tips on how to avoid the potential hassles and hazards that await the unwary traveller.
Finally, the Basics section at the back of the book is packed with useful addresses, websites and phone numbers for further information on everything from discount flight agents and specialist tour operators to jungle equipment suppliers and volunteer work opportunities.
Even after you’ve read through this book, we can’t guarantee that you’ll avoid every potential pitfall on the road, but hopefully you’ll feel well prepared for what awaits you and excited at the prospect of travelling in Latin America.
When you return home, be sure to send in your own anecdotes and travellers’ tales for inclusion in the next edition.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Comment List (Total:12)

  •     A great book to start with. We bought First-Time Asia before we took off to Asia for 6 months and it was extremely useful to help with all the planning and decide where we wanted...
  •     didn't use it much. the south america and cenetral america on a budget books were way more useful. recommend buying the book for where you are going. same info is in there.
  •     Because it didn't really help me to plan for my trip, all the information are very general and common sense, seemed redundant, any seasoned travelers already had all these knowledge.
  •     This book is a really enjoyable and rather helpful. However, defs not a travel guide for south america. Buy the lonely planet shoestring. Really, more of a pleasure read for background information than anything. Still, a really fun read! However, not entirely essential. Word to the wise about south america, keep your wits about you, but it's really not as scary as lonely planet makes it seem. Also, learn some spanish if you haven't already, your language skills are the number one most helpful thing you can bring with you.
  •     very general information known to geography student in 6th grade English school, for real traveler useless. Money thrown away for bad reason.
  •     I bought this book when I first began planning my trip to Latin America. I hadn't ever been to the region and wanted to know as much about it as possible.
  •     The book is good, and even thou it look a little longer to arrive it was worth the wait. I enjoy reading it.
  •     Concise overview of Latin America but book of individual countries needed for more thorough info.
  •     This is really for someone who likes to think they will go to S America but never actually will. It is bereft of anything practical or useful. It is also potentially good for someone who has never travelled before as has decent enough general travel advice.
  •     Excellent overview of SA
  •     I should have read the description of the book better, but it's my own fault. This guide is more as a single point of resource to understand the region and requirements (e.g. visas) better for a visit. There are only limited pages per country, so there isn't very much detail on where to go, like a "conventional" travel guide.
  •     A good introduction on Latin America, it helps you decide which country you could like for your next vacation.

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