The second part of the book was a set of mini-guides that provided an informative overview of each of the nine countries in the Amazon basin: Venezuela (25 pages), Colombia (25 pages), Ecuador (37 pages), Peru (49 pages), Bolivia (31 pages), Brazil (61 pages), Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname (10 pages each). The chapter on Peru was the only one of immediate interest to us on this trip. It contained useful general travel information, including transportation, national wildlife preserves and lodges. There were also three short, helpful appendices at the end of the book. Appendix One (two pages) was a directory of the U.S., U.K., Canadian and Australian Embassies and Consulates in the various countries of the Amazon. Appendix Two (six pages) was a handy English/Spanish glossary of commonly used words, complete with phonetic pronunciation. Appendix Three (eight pages) offered recommendations for further readings as well as a list of websites. It was similar to the structure of the book: background and natural history-related readings and websites first, followed by general information books and sites for the various countries.
While we also perused country-specific guides for more detailed information on various points of interest along the way, we found The Amazon to be the best written, most useful and enjoyable travel book we came across on the subject. We took it along on our trip and frequently consulted its extensive Natural History chapter (61 pages) to research animals or plants that we had observed during our explorations.
Date Of Publication 2003 (2nd edition)
Isbn Number 1 4162 070 X
Number Of Pages 448
Publisher Globe Pequot Press
Size 8.5″ x5.4″x0.9″
Weight 1 lb and 1 oz
ReviewersArticle by Josette King