Virosa wrote:Lonely Planet books served me really well in Turkey, Syria, and Romania. (didn't know about them when I went to Colombia/Brazil)
I think I recall a scandal a while back where one of their writers was just making up stuff (was that for Colombia?), but don't know much about their history. Why the hate?
Virosa wrote:Is there a short answer that doesn't involve e-stalking some dude with 5200 posts?
friendlyskies wrote:LP does have the best maps, and for me that's the most important component of any guide. And anyway, it's all about the writer(s) - sometimes LP does have the best book available.
friendlyskies wrote:There is nothing worse than a company that doesn't believe cartography is a specialized skill, and just freelances out map work to designers or illustrators. UGH. The worst is when they lift that shit off of Google Maps, which just sucks balls outside the first world. I have had an argument with a designer (I will not call him a carto) who refused to believe three (3!) source maps, including a government map used for surveilling and property rights, that agreed a major road (which I had been on) existed, because it wasn't on the fucking Googles! For Mexico, no less, and a relatively developed region in Mexico - Huatulco, Oaxaca. WTF.
Google Maps is the Wikipedia of cartography. Useful, but don't trust it!
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