Peru Handbook, 8thby Ben Box
Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Lima or the exotic wildlife of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata, surf at one of the world's top breaks or discover lost Inca cities high in the Andes, or simply get off the Gringo Trail, Footprint's eighth edition of the highly acclaimed Peru Handbook will show you how.Peru Handbook provides unparalleled
Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Lima or the exotic wildlife of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata, surf at one of the world's top breaks or discover lost Inca cities high in the Andes, or simply get off the Gringo Trail, Footprint's eighth edition of the highly acclaimed Peru Handbook will show you how.Peru Handbook provides unparalleled coverage of the country's ruins, fiestas, hotels and restaurants and other attractions that will take the more adventurous traveller off the beaten track. *Discover the vast array of wildlife with extensive coverage of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata*Author Ben Box has travelled in Peru for over 20 years and knows the region intimately*Provides suggestions for activities aimed at the adventurous traveller, from whitewater rafting to mountain climbing in the Cordillera Blanca *Tips and advice on how to escape the crowds and take alternative treks to Machu Picchu*In-depth background section tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the Incas
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Moquegua is not a pretty sight from the Pan-American Highway, but the old centre, a few blocks above Avenida Balta, is well worth a look for its quiet, winding cobbled streets and historic buildings.
Meet the Author
One of the first assignments Ben Box took as a freelance writer in 1980 was sub-editing 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 sub-continent. 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 Central America & Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Brazil and Peru since their inception. In 2001 he wrote Footprint’s Cuzco & the Inca heartland Handbook, on which he has collaborated for recent editions with Steve Frankham. Having a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese studies from London University, Ben maintains a strong interest in Latin American literature and as a cricketer he looks forward to the day his village side is invited to play anywhere in South America where there is a pitch.
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I've parsed through 4 guidebooks on Peru: Footprint, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, and Discover. I'll freely admit that since I read the LP one first, I may have some primacy bias that has me favoring that. All four are going to give you the information you need, Discover probably less so (unless you love pictures). Footprint seems to have more information regarding history and delves into greater detail on things like shopping and eating. It regularly uses area maps to demonstrate where things are (uniquely, several cities, like Cuzco, get several maps), but sometimes the maps are a bit condensed. Nevertheless, this is helpful for independent travelers. One area map that isn't in here but probably should be, is the Sacred Valley (which gets included in a large map in the middle of the book, but not in very close-up way). The Cordillera section, especially, surpasses the other three books by providing much more information. However, Footprint's handling of Machu Picchu (I would guess a Peru guidebook's most read section) is relatively short compared to some of the others. Yes, Footprint does detail the Inca Trail trek, but Footprint's handling of MP necessitates another book or a really good guide. Lastly, Footprint has advertisements on its pages (not very large, but annoying). Which book should you get? If you're just going for 7-14 days and hitting the main spots, each one would be fine. If you want more information on the south, Rough Guide would be a good choice (it has the best coverage of the Sacred Valley), but published in 2009 some things may be dated. LP's good for budget travelers who aren't staying long in any particular place. Footprint's probably better if you're staying longer in certain places (like the north).