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The People's Guide to Mexico is a different kind of guidebook--one that offers no lists of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, or beaches. As Carl Franz says in his introduction, "It is not about which hotels to stay in or the most interesting villages to visit. The purpose of this book is to teach you how to find out those things for yourself." Instead of telling visitors whThe People's Guide to Mexico is a different kind of guidebook--one that offers no lists of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, or beaches. As Carl Franz says in his introduction, "It is not about which hotels to stay in or the most interesting villages to visit. The purpose of this book is to teach you how to find out those things for yourself." Instead of telling visitors where to go in Mexico, this book lets travelers know how to go, whether they want to learn Spanish, retire south of the border, or simply travel as long as possible for the least amount of money. The People's Guide offers up witty anecdotes and sane, reasoned advice about everything from driving in Mexico to dealing with Mexican machismo to making the most of village fiestas. Best of all, the book provides a respectful and well-informed take on Mexican culture. "Wherever you go ... there you are," reads the The People's Guide subtitle, and it's an apt summation of the book's laid-back, roll-with-the-punches attitude. Tuck a copy into your backpack alongside a more conventional guide; it's like having a funny, trusted, and well-traveled friend along to show you the ropes....

Title : The People's Guide to Mexico: Wherever You Go-- There You Are!!
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ISBN : 9781562611910
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 591 Pages
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The People's Guide to Mexico: Wherever You Go-- There You Are!! Reviews

  • Jessaka
    2019-05-21 23:46

    The was really a fun read, a book I can't put down, and one who tells it like it is.

  • Kim
    2019-06-01 23:08

    What a wonderful read! My roomate and I were musing over the possibility of travelling through Mexico for the winter. It may have been nothing more than a day dream if this book hadn't landed in our hands. This ecclectic compilation of travel stories inspired us to take our life in our own hands and venture south of the border. Once we shared plans with our family and friends we were soon bombarded with precautions - everyone seemed to think that Mexico was a land of lawlessness and terror. This book served as a reminder that people are good and that there's plenty to be seen on the lesser travelled roads. In addition to its charming tales, this book offers valuable advice to the novice traveller. A delightful, laugh-out-loud read, I recommend it to all.

  • Roberto Chavez
    2019-06-06 02:46

    An interesting view of nontraditional travel in Mexico. You will end up thinking "Should I go? I should go"

  • Ipso
    2019-05-27 03:00

    I can be a very nervous traveler. This book is not a travel guide for Mexico in the usual sense - it doesn't describe destinations or list hotels and restaurants. It gives practical advice on how to deal with crossing the border - what documents you'll need, etc. and how to get along while in Mexico. As I drive to (and within) Mexico, I'm always worried about border crossings, military checkpoints, car accidents, or encounters with the policia or federales. This book ALWAYS puts my mind at ease and makes me feel confident about handling myself in any situation. If you're at all unsure of yourself traveling to Mexico, I highly recommend this book. Mexico is a really beautiful, fun country to visit!

  • Holly Ollivander
    2019-06-04 01:48

    I read the first edition decades ago and quickly realised this is no ordinary guidebook – you live Mexico,  breathe Mexico, speak Mexico and - deliciously - you eat Mexico thanks to helpful recipes, techniques and language and safety tips.Thrill to the adventures of Lorena, Steve and Carl as they discover how far their dollar will go, how they negotiate their way past social landmines, how they cook, eat, sleep and make friends south of the border. Most of all, see how freeing it can be to learn the difference between what you want and what you need.Features the unforgettable line (after a regrettable meal) “…as I sat there in a zen-like state of diarrhea detachment…”

  • Jen Sparks
    2019-06-01 00:07

    This is a truly excellent book. It's written by folks who have been traveling in Mexico for over 40 years. It is unlike any other guidebook that I have seen -- more detail about how to explore this country (and what you need to know along the way) and very, very few hotel recommendations. It is a potent combination that puts this book head and shoulders above the competition. In fact, this book sets the bar so high that it should probably be in a class by itself.

  • Brett
    2019-06-14 02:00

    Part "Steal This Book", part Lonely Planet guidebook, "The People's Guide to Mexico" is a gas. Notwithstanding the 2006 edition date, the book reads like it's straight out of 1974. Frommer's or Fodor's it's not. But it ain't supposed to be. It is a great look at everyday Mexican culture and custom, covering everything from "la mordida" to renting a burned-out shack on the beach. The authors' anecdotes, wild travel tales, illustrations, and no-BS advice and commentary are right on.

  • Paul
    2019-05-25 03:46

    This is the best travel book I have ever read. Truly delightful. It is about travel philosophy, and really has little to say about the traditional travel-book staples like sights to see or restaurants to visit. I like to think of the authors as my imaginary hippy grandparents who returned from their long rambling Mexican travels to teach me on how to live life well.

  • Hope
    2019-05-27 23:45

    Still the best travel guide ever written for those who want to see the real Mexico. You won't find any five-star Mayan Riviera hotel recommendations in here, but lots of practical, wise, essential advice and survival skills for traveling in this enchanting and mysterious country. Written by some old hippies who know whereof they speak.

  • Tara B
    2019-05-23 03:59

    So, he totally over-romanticizes Mexico and Mexicans, reducing them to quaint little brown people frolicking about an enchanted land of wonder. . . . White privilege aside though, there really is some great advice and funny stuff in here. It's a travel book that you can read like a series of magazine features.

  • Kellee
    2019-06-08 21:55

    Carl Franz obviously knows Mexico. His experience was very different than mine seeing as I live in the city. I did find many parts of this book helpful, informative, and entertaining. If you plan on doing any rural traveling through Mexico this is your book. If you are visiting cities or big tourist sites you might do better with a regular guidebook.

  • Diane
    2019-06-17 06:09

    This old hippy guide book to Mexico is still well worth reading even if the hippies concerned are well and truly old now and the 60s are long gone. Now in its 14th edition, this guide covers social and cultural topics seldom dealt with in other books. Personal anecdotes are the best part. Worth reading.

  • Christy Hall-scheufele
    2019-06-10 00:49

    We have used both his Mexico books as a reference for our trips to Mexico. The first trip was in 1988/1989 to Los cabos in Baja. We used the recipes, the side trips and his knowledge of the culture and the people. Second trip a couple of years ago we went to central Mexico and saw places the tourists don't see. A must read before your trip.

  • Brian
    2019-05-24 23:51

    A sort for how-to guide for US hippies taking road trips into Mexico, full of the author's anecdotes. Not a replacement to Lonely Planet / Let's Go / Rough Guide type books which list specific places, but an essential supplement. As entertaining as it is useful, read it even if you're not planning a trip and curious what it might be like to be a foreigner wandering around Mexico.

  • Siobhan
    2019-05-19 02:02

    We got this book in advance of a recent trip to Mexico and not only was it helpful, but it was very enjoyable to read! I would recommend it to anyone who even wants to learn more about Mexican culture or daily life. It's a guide book that's worth owning many years after the trip!

  • Steph
    2019-06-04 23:49

    A must have for anyone who is going to Mexico and wants to get off the beaten path and out of the tourist traps of places like Cancun. They cover every question you could come up with, from their own experience.

  • Alejandro
    2019-05-27 03:13

    Uno no puede sino envidiar la vida de esta familia. Formato mixto que dificulta una lectura lineal. Por desgracia el Internet lo está haciendo obsoleto. Sin embargo los consejos son acertados y las historias para llorar de la risa.

  • Jill
    2019-05-19 22:49

    Great book on Mexico-not just a guide, but includes personal stories and friendly advice as well. I have the 1988(!) edition and noticed the 13th edition was published in 2006--not sure if that is the most current version.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-09 05:01

    This feels slightly out of date, but it's still invaluable. Most importantly, it's actually fun to read, so you absorb information painlessly. And it actually prepares you for the experience of being in the country, unlike normal "go here, do that" guidebooks. Marvelous.

  • John
    2019-06-04 21:53

    I am learning spanish now in hopes to take a trip to Mexico. I hope I can use the information in this book before it expires.

  • Janet
    2019-06-15 22:11

    Not your typical guide book. Chock full of real world information.

  • Bunnydozer
    2019-05-27 03:50

    This was awesome... I read it before my trip and it was great. It doesn't have the normal go here - do this of travel books, instead it's a description of life and travel in Mexico.

  • Brian
    2019-06-08 22:11

    This book is a must read if you are going to Mexico, and would be fun just to read to learn about Mexico

  • Tony
    2019-06-13 23:09

    This book is about practical tips to help you learn about Mexico and cut through the red tape in the Mexican bureacracy and culture. I highly recommend if going to Mexico.

  • Astrid
    2019-06-08 04:02

    This is absolutely the best travel guide I've ever come across. Going to Mexico? You must read this book!

  • Krissy
    2019-05-22 22:59

    organized as more of a reference. there were some funny and possibly informative pieces.