2nd edition 3rd edition of the Moon Brazil guide is out (it is the second edition written by Michael Sommers but the third edition in total). Let me be clear from the start: this is not a sponsored post. I came across Michael Sommers‘ (the guide’s author) work quite a while ago and I have been a big fan of his writings since. I believe he is one of the most knowledgeable travel writers on Brazil. The fact that he lives in Brazil is an added bonus. Regular readers of this blog know we have redirected you several times to posts at Michael’s own blog Thrill of Brazil.
We had mentioned the second edition at Moon handbooks: Brazil (where it was referred to as being the 1st edition, as we were unaware of the existence of a previous text). The third revised and updated edition is now on the shelves. I am reproducing a larger than usual image of the guide as, as it happens, the photo splashed on the cover is mine – it was taken at the Joaquina dunes in Florianópolis. Both the first edition and the second edition also contain a dozen photos of mine inside.
The guide is a joy to read and you will find tons of useful information to help you prepare your trip to Brazil. You will probably ask yourselves how is the guide different from, say, Lonely Planet’s guide to Brazil? I would say LP tends to be more comprehensive in terms of destinations, so you will find information on places that are not commonly visited by foreign tourists. There is a trade-off in that having to cover so many destinations implies dedicating less attention to the destinations most visited by tourists – São Paulo would be an excellent illustration of this point, Michael Sommers’ detailed coverage of São Paulo finds no match at Lonely Planet’s guide. So, if you’re planning to visit Rio Branco in the state of Acre, Lonely Planet should be your guide of choice. Otherwise, make sure you grab both guides at your local bookstore and get a feel for them and compare the coverage given to the places you plan on visiting.
Another considerable difference between Moon Brazil and Lonely Planet’s offering is that in the case of the former there is a name printed on the cover. You will hear the author’s voice throughout the guide, bringing a fresh approach to the destinations he covers. For all its merits, too often one feels successive editions of the Lonely Planet guides keep repeating over and over again the same recommendations – when they get it right and when they get it wrong too.
What with the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016 interest on Brazil is likely to grow steadily. Having diverse voices helping you plan your trip to Brazil is definitely excellent news.