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Best guide book?

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Best guide book?

We are a couple in our late forties looking for comfortable accommodations in interesting locales and cities, but on a reasonable budget. Anyone have opinions on the best guide book, aside from online resources? Speaking of those online resources, what are the best ones?

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We have the new 2010 Moon guide which is fine but i would also look at the 2008 version at your library.

There is not a lot of info about Nic. so just keep googling and also Utube for videos

Remember that tourist info has a short lifespan so be sure to double check everything Dave

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I have 3: 2010 Moon guide, V!va 1st edition 2010 and the Lonely Planet 2009 2nd edition guide. I cannot say that one is better than the other, they all offer similar information. It will depend on where you plan to go and what you plan on doing.

Since we are heading down to Masachapa (near Pochomil) in March, I was looking for specific info on that area which was briefly mentioned in the Lonely Planet and Viva guides, and nothing at all in the Moon guide. I even asked on this forum and did not get any replies.

In planning this trip, I read the hotel reviews on Trip Advisor and booked based on the comments of this site. You could also try http://vianica.com or /www.nicaragua.com/ web sites. The above mentioned guide books have their web sites as well which provide some basic info.

We are a couple in our early fifties and we are paying $60 per night for all our rooms except for the last night in Managua when we will splurge for the Camino Real. We booked our transportation and tours online as well.

PM me and I can give you more details of our bookings, cost, etc.

Hope this helps!

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I like Moon Nicaragua. I have the Lonely Planet too, but after reading through them both carefully at home, I left the LP at home. All the Moon books I've bought have been great.

http://vianica.com/ is an excellent online resource. (I keep meaning to send them a compliment.)

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From my xperience as a tour guide in Nic. i have read and compare all of the book guides and the best guide so far it is footprint guide. Moon Lonely planet Rough guide are very good guides but the experience of a foreigner living in Nicaragua guives to this guide the touch to understand best the Nicarguans.

Enjoy Nicaragua

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Thank you all for your very helpful responses. The vianica.com site is certainly a great resource and I will likely buy one guidebook, perhaps Footprint or Moon.

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Someone from our hotel recommended the "Footprints" guide. I haven't ordered it yet--but the lonely planet has a great "Nicaragua" chapter available for kindle (can read on any smartphone or device, don't need a kindle) for about $5.

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I have the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Viva, Moon and Footprints guides. I know, too many, but I love reading them - candy for the mind.

I'd say it is a tie between Moon and Footprints, and brought them both along, as they supplement each other well. And both have far better maps than any of the others.


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