Lonely Planet Guatemala

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Guatemala is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the street markets of Chichicastenango, climb the radiant Maya ruins of Tikal or dip your toes in the ethereal Lago de Atitlan; all with your trusted ...

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Overview

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Guatemala is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the street markets of Chichicastenango, climb the radiant Maya ruins of Tikal or dip your toes in the ethereal Lago de Atitlan; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Guatemala and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Guatemala Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, Maya heritage, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and etiquette
  • Over 46 maps
  • Useful features - including Maya Ruins Planning Feature, Off the Beaten Track Itinerary and Illustrated Map of Tikal
  • Coverage of Antigua, Chichicastenango and other highland towns, Lago de Atitlan, Grutas de Lanquin, Semuc Champey, Tikal and other Maya ruins of El Peten, Pacific beaches, Guatemala City and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Guatemala, our most comprehensive guide to Guatemala, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Lucas Vidgen and Daniel C Schechter.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742200118
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 243,105
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    BEST FOR TRAVELING AROUND GUATEMALA

    This is a good book for using when you are in guatemala it tells you tips and safe places to go without a risk or theft.I would recomend this book to people going to guatemala for the fiirdt time or if you have been there many times this is the best book EVER. I have used this book the 2 time I have been there this is the most helpful tool in guatemala. The other books on GUATEMALA STINK BECAUSE THEY ARE LYING USE LONLEY PLANET.

    GUATEMALA IS THE BEST

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    Stick with Lonely Planet...it is the best.

    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 the Moon guide out based solely on the prior review written here. To me, the Moon guide was 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 book and when he read their Guatemala book, he found it to be much more informative in hindsight. Sorry, we doubted you, Lonely Planet, but we will be sticking by you from now on! For the naysayers, I say the "hordes" know a good thing when they see it (thus, LP's popularity).

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    good to have on the road

    I liked this book, and it was very helpful when walking through the streets of Antigua, Guatemala. I would look up want I want, and go to the map, and find the place with no problem. It was a very honest book, and it's not to big so I could easily carry it in my bag while walking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Definitely NOT the best guidebook on Guatemala

    I bought this book and Moon Guatemala (Moon Handbooks) (they came out at the same time) and decided to write reviews for both. Unlike the Moon guide, I found Lonely Planet's Guatemala guide extremely disappointing. I expected much more from a resident author. Where do I begin? For starters, you'll see the tourist hordes in Guatemala sporting this book and the previous edition of LP all over the place. It's like standard issue for people who haven't the ability to discern quality or think for themselves. You can be sure that if your hotel, restaurant or language school is in this guidebook it will be packed with the Lonely Planet sheep going along for the ride. Strangely, the author acknowledges this phenomenon in a sidebar and encourages travelers to seek out new places on their own. Speaking of sidebars, these are mostly a series of superficial interviews with local people a nice idea in theory but not very well executed. I think the most helpful sidebars tend to expand upon material covered in the main text, which this book does not do very well. The book also doesn't go into nearly as much depth as some of the other guides in terms of helpful background info, history and the like. Worthwhile destinations covered over several pages in some of the other guidebooks are often glossed over in a one-page summary here. It's like the abbreviated version of everything. In this regard, I think both Rough Guide and Moon do a much better job of giving travelers all the information they'll need. I also noticed that it seems very little updated from the previous edition. I'd say about 75% of the material already exists in the previous edition, sometimes verbatim, though they are different authors. Finally, the writing isn't the greatest. It might be nit-picking, but it was seriously hard to read the poor writing sometimes and you won't find yourself wanting to read this book from first page to last. These are just a few issues off the top of my head. I know some well-heeled Guatemala travelers and residents who absolutely hate this guidebook and could probably do a much better job of pointing out its specific flaws. But if you're just along for the ride then by all means be my guest, though I'd at least consider a back-up plan. You'll thank me later.

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