Travel guides come and go, but the 'Footprint South American Handbook', now in its 82nd edition and with over 1 million copies sold, holds a special place as the gold standard in the field. With nearly 1,700 pages, this guide contains almost 40 percent more information than its nearest competitor. Footprint South American Handbook 2006 takes the adventurous traveler far from the gringo trail to explore the landscapes, wildlife, archaeology, and folk culture of this vast continent, from the Orinoco Delta to the southern ice fields of Chile and Argentina. Called the 'Backpacker's Bible,' this guide covers every inch of South America, including the Guianas and the Falkland Islands. Rigorously checked and updated each year, the book features objective recommendations of great places to stay and eat, from colonial haciendas to simple palm-thatch beach huts; an extensive planning section with tips on how to get off the beaten track; historical and cultural background; and a full-color highlights map.