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Ben Box
South American Handbook, Footprint, 2008 1,796 pages, $34.95)
- One of the best regional guidebooks and back in hard cover, the handbook provides travelers with numerous travel options. Detailed information highlights parks and protected areas, festivals and traveler tested places where to eat the local cuisine.
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Mark Mann
The Gringo Trail, Summersdale Publishing, 1999
- Funny, devastating, clever, The Gringo Trail is a riotous mix of humor and scandal. It documents the travels of three Brits who go to South America. Could be a good movie!
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ARGENTINA


Danny Palmerlee and others
Argentina, Lonely Planet, 2006 (524 pages, $24.99)

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Wayne Bernhardson
Argentina, Avalon Publications, 2004 (700 pages, $19.95)
- An accomplished guidebook writer, Bernhardson is one of our favorites. The author skillfully guides travelers to must-see sights and lesser-known areas. Incredibly for a book on Argentina, there is no mention of rugby, but the book gets high marks for coverage of parks and nature travel.

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Joe Yogerst and Maribeth Mellin
Traveler's Argentina Companion, Globe Pequot Press, 2002
- Recommended! This no-nonsense guide provides a list of the top spots for travelers and suggestions for special interest travel. Urban centers and rural parks are covered in great detail. Kudos for the lavish photos by Robert Holmes.


Tim Burford
Chile and Argentina Trekking Guide, Bradt Travel Guides, 2005
- This book only gets better and better! Burford provides detailed info on 45 hikes from northwest Argentina to Tierra del Fuego. The book also includes details for rafting, kayaking, cycling and horseback riding. The author's top ten hikes? Aconcagua, Cerro Plomo, Nahuelbuta, Conguillio, Volcan Osorno, Bariloche Hut to Hut, Cerro Alto El Petizo (Los Alerces), Pumalin, Paine Circuit and the Fitzroy Circut (via the ice-cap).


Danny Aeberhard, Andrew Benson and Lucy Phillips
Rough Guide to Argentina, Rough Guides, 2001
- Exploring Argentina is a synch with this guide. It covers the cultural attractions as well as the national parks. Sidebars provide fascinating lessons. These features explore the relation of renowned poet Jorge Luis Borges and Buenos Aires and the culture of the Yamana, who spent much of their lives at sea. Kudos too for the coverage of environmental issues.


BOLIVIA


Alan Murphy
Bolivia Handbook, Footprint Handbooks, 2002
- This third edition promises "1001 ways to get off the beaten track" and that's a conservative estimate. The author provides the details on adventure travel, eco treks and ethno-tourism developments (particularly along the Che Guevara Trail).


BRAZIL


Regis St. Louis and others
Brazil, Lonely Planet, 2006 (748 pages, $26.99)

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Joan and David Peterson
Eat Smart in Brazil, Ginkgo Press, 2006
- From the authors of Eat Smart in Mexico, comes this new title, an easy-to-use menu guide for travelers to Brazil. It contains useful phrases in Portuguese when ordering and a collection of recipes for chefs who want to cook Brazilian fare at home.

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Joan and David Peterson
Eat Smart in Brazil, Ginkgo Press, 1998
- From the authors of Eat Smart in Mexico, comes this new title, an easy-to-use menu guide for travelers to Brazil. It contains useful phrases in Portuguese when ordering and a collection of recipes for chefs who want to cook Brazilian fare at home.


CHILE


Tim Burford
Chile: The Bradt Travel Guide, Bradt Travel Guides, 2005 (680 pages, $24.95)
- The most comprehensive guide to Chile. Burford explores the length and (very narrow) breadth of Chile to capture the mind-boggling diversity of a country that encompasses the world's driest desert, towering snow-capped mountains and the lush coastal rainforest of Patagonia.

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Tim Burford
Chile and Argentina Trekking Guide, Bradt Travel Guides, 2001
- This book only gets better and better! Burford provides detailed info on 45 hikes from northwest Argentina to Tierra del Fuego. The book also includes details for rafting, kayaking, cycling and horseback riding. The author's top ten hikes? Aconcagua, Cerro Plomo, Nahuelbuta, Conguillio, Volcan Osorno, Bariloche Hut to Hut, Cerro Alto El Petizo (Los Alerces), Pumalin, Paine Circuit and the Fitzroy Circut (via the ice-cap).


COLOMBIA


Alan Weisman
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998
- The author details the creation and evolution of a Colombian village that inspired the world.
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ECUADOR


Danny Palmerlee, Michael Grosberg and Carolyn McCarthy
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Lonely Planet, 2006 (440 pages, $23.99)
- It's hard to recommend this book now that veteran author Rob Rachowiecki is no longer at the helm.

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Julian Smith and Jean Brown
Ecuador Handbook, Avalon, 2008
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PERU


Ben Box and Steve Frankham
Cusco and the Inca Trail, Footprint, 2004
- Cusco is one of the most popular destinations in the country, and this guide shows why. This second edition provides tips for visitors to The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

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Rob Rachowiecki and Charlotte Beach
Peru, Lonely Planet Publications, 2004 (416 pages, $21.99)
- Edition number five of the popular guide includes hotel and restaurant suggestions for every budget as well as expert tips on hiking, mountain climbing and visits to archaeological sites.

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Ben Orlove
Lines in the Water: Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca, University of California Press, 2002
- The book's subtitle "Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca" specifies the center of action, but the scope is much broader and deeper. It's actually hard to find the words to say how delightful this book is. Author Ben Orlove is an environmental science professor at the University of California, Davis, and his book is based on three decades of trips to Peru and Bolivia.
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Les Beletsky
Peru Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guide, Academic Press, 2000
- A beautiful book! This guide informs readers of environmental issues, particularly biodiversity. For biology fans, this is a must-read. It includes field-guide color illustrations of 500-plus species -- the insects, reptiles, birds and mammals that you are most likely to see on your visit.


Joan Peterson and Brook Soltvedt
Eat Smart in Peru, Ginkgo Press, 2006 (160 pages, $12.95)
- This latest title in the Eat Smart series helps travelers decipher menus and shop in the lively markets of Peru. There are so many options for visitors throughout the country, this book is the definitive guidebook for enjoying Peruvian cuisine. Includes tips on shopping in markets, a menu guide, helpful phrases and a list of helpful resources.

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VENEZUELA


Dominic Hamilton
Traveler's Venezuela Companion, Globe Pequot Press, 2001
- We've waited several years for the publication of this excellent guidebook. Dominic has been a frequent contributor to Planeta.com. Who better to pass along choice tips for travelers eyeing the South American country of Venezuela? Maps and a thorough index are a big plus. Lavish color photos by Anthony Cassidy complement the text. This is your guide to Angel Falls, Margarita Island and the magnificent tepuis. The book also provides an in-depth look at what makes the capital of Caracas just an interesting city.
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Alan Murphy and Dan Green
Footprint Venezuela, Footprint Handbooks, 2002
- Curious facts such as that Venezuela produces more beauty queens than any other country, half its population is under the age of 20 and that the country has one of the worst road accident records in the world sprinkle the pages of this guidebook. Wildlife observation and ecotourism are given their due.


AMAZON


Sy Montgomery and Dianne Taylor-Snow
Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002
- This children's book recounts an Amazonian expedition in search of the "encantados" -- dolphins as pink as flamingos. The charming text is matched by beautiful color pictures. This book will captivate readers of all ages.


James Castner
Shrunken Heads, Feline Press, 2002
- This beautiful, well-researched book showcases the Jivaro practice of head shrinking in the Amazon basin of Ecuador and Peru. Used for ceremonial purposes, the practice has since been discontinued. The author -- a noted biologist and photographer -- explains the cultural significance as well as how to differentiate between an authentic shrunken head (tsantsa) and others. The book includes portraits of more than 40 heads. For anyone interested in this subject, this book is the definitive reference work. For details, email the author.


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