Written by an expert, this comprehensive travel guide to South America covers Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Galapagos, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and The Guianas. Background information is provided on ancient civilizations, archaeology and culture, as well as practical details on accommodation, shopping and eating out for all budgets. This 77th edition includes a special feature on the Pan American Highway. The book's cover flaps carry a calendar of festivals and information on exchange rates and dialling codes, emergency numbers, and hotel and restaurant price guides. Facts for the adventure traveller - cycling, trekking and climbing - are included, and "traveller's tips" occur thoughout in the margins of the book.