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Posted February 25, 2012
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).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.