Footprint "South American Handbook"
thanks for your answeres. Especially for the links and the Overlander-tip (if I ever ride through Africa I´ll use that guide).
Actually I´m looking for a normal PRINTED travel guide, since I like most of the infos they offer and in certain situations I prefer to read a book and make notes in it instead of using the laptop.
What I´m looking for is a more or less "normal" travel guide, that also offers motorcycle-travellers-relevant info.
After two month of searching in Central and South America and visiting 100 book shops (at least it felt like that), we where lucky and found a Footprint "South American Handbook".
After cross-reading for an hour I LOVE IT!
This is exactly, what I was looking for.
I give you some examples:
- for all accomodations parking facilities are mentioned. We checked Lima for example and there are three hotels with MOTORCYCLE parking mentioned.
- there´s a generell introduction "Motorcycling" for the whole continent. And it´s not focused on renting a bike (as it allways is for Lonely Planet and those alike), but on riding your own bike. Including which documents are needed to ride the bike in each country and for the temporary import. There´s even a paragraph about the Carnet and alternatives (yes, they say, it´s not mandatory!).
- for each country XXX there´s a section "Driving in XXX" (Roads, Safety, Documents, Organizations, Fuel) and a really good section Maps.
I´m so enthusiastic, that I can forgive them, that the included maps are crap.
Who has experiences with Footprint handbooks for other countries/regions?
Do they contain the same features like those mentioned above or is the Southamerica Handbook an exception?
greetings from Ecuador
(klick on the English flag on the left to get an awful Google-translation)