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Moon Guatemala

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Guatemala Rules!!

    I adore Guatemal! I am Guatemalan/Mexican/American and I an proud of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    Stick with Lonely Planet instead

    We have bought Lonely Planet many times before (Japan, Russia, India, China (where we lived 2 years), Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc) but I decided to try this guide out based soley on the prior reviews written here. What a disappointment. Granted I only used it for a short trip to Antigua (which was great by the way) but I just didn't find much helpful advice. My fiance went to the bookstore today to buy another LP and when he read their Guatemala book, found it much more informative in hindsight. Sorry, Moon, we will be sticking by the Lonely Planet from now on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Awesome Guide

    Absolutely loved this guide. I lived in Guatemala for 3 months so I got to do a lot of the things recommended. Excellent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    Better than Lonely Planet and Rough Guide

    This guidebook is hands down THE best guidebook if you're planning a trip to Guatemala. On the practical side, it's surprisingly lightweight despite being almost 500 pages in length. It also features some excellent photography (by the author who is also a photographer) including a great color section with accompanying intro at the start of the book. The author, Al Argueta, is Guatemalan-American and obviously knows Guatemala intimately. He has a good grasp on the history of Guatemala and shares his insights without sounding like a boring textbook. There are all sorts of facts and tidbits included throughout that make this guide interesting. It's also very humorous in places and you can tell he had a good time researching the topic - on which he is clearly an expert. There are some well- written sidebars, too. My favorites were on 'Pollo Campero', a Guatemalan fried chicken franchise that has gone global: Be sure you check out their TV comercials when you get there - They're a kick! The maps are straight-forward and easy to read. As with other Moon guides, place names are located directly on the maps so you don't have to go looking for a key on a separate page. The book's organization is also very well thought-out. He includes a whole section on the often overlooked park known as the Maya Biosphere Reserve with tons of information on remote Maya sites. There's also a section on the cloud forests of the Verapaz region, which I haven't seen done as well elsewhere. Guatemala's more traditional destinations are covered equally as well. The Guatemala City and Antigua restaurant reviews are alone worth the price of admission. All in all, this is a great book that gives great options for any budget. Comparing it with the other recent Guat books, this is my top pick and I expect to see others toting it on my next visit. It's raised the bar for guidebooks on Guatemala and it was about time someone with this kind of knowledge & experience wrote such an excellent guidebook to one of my favorite countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    The most up-to-date, insightful guide on Guatemala

    I have read a pre-sale copy of this book and highly recommend it. It's funny, interesting, insightful and full of great photographs. The writer is a Guatemalan-American and has been traveling there for years. This is the only guidebook on Guatemala you'll need!

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    Posted June 5, 2011

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