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Guide The tips given below are general and not conclusive. Before travelling in Latin America it is a good idea to either purchase a good guide book or research the region on the internet, thus making sure you are prepared for your trip.

What to bring.
Cahuita Point For such a large region with such a wide range of climates it is hard to give a definite list of items. Before leaving check the temperature and climate for the area you are travelling to for that time of year. If you are participating in any activities do some research to check if any specific equipment is required, or speak directly to your tour operator. And lastly use common sense, for instance whilst the jungle maybe humid shorts and short sleeve tops will not protect from mosquitoes and other annoying insects!

Spanish School The main language spoken throughout Latin America is Spanish. In most major cities you will be able to find those who speak English but it is definitely worth learning some basics before your trip. If you are planning a long trip or on visiting more rural areas, it maybe worthwhile taking a few Spanish classes at the beginning of your visit. There are Spanish schools in most major cities that can cater for your needs.

Aventure Before travelling it is always wise to check out a number of different insurance policies, making sure that you have the right insurance for you. It is essential that your travel insurance suits your needs. For example if you are hoping to participate in adventure sports make sure you buy the appropriate cover.

Visa The visas required for different nationalities in different countries vary. Your travel agent should tell you if you need to obtain a visa or you can contact the necessary embassy directly. Citizens of the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia do not visas for stays of up to ninety days in most Latin American countries.

Catching something nasty is a worry in Latin America. However by taking a few precautions you should be fine. Firstly it is important to get all necessary inoculations at least 4-6 weeks before travelling. Your own doctor or local Medical Travel Centre will be able to tell which inoculations are necessary for the area you are visiting.

Fruits Your chances of contracting a stomach bug can be lessened by avoiding non-pasteurized food, by washing and peeling fresh fruit and vegetables and by making sure you wash your hands thoroughly before eating. Also only drink bottled and boiled water, or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid fruit juices made with water and ice cubes. If you are travelling outside cities it is advisable to use water purification tablets.

Traveller’s first-aid kit
Below is a basic traveller’s first-aid kit, remember this is a general kit and not all items maybe necessary for some travellers. Equally other travellers may wish to add items.

» Insect repellent » Scissors
» Anti-fungal cream » Lint
» Sealed bandages » Band aids/Plasters
» Surgical tape » Hydrocortisone cream (for insect bites)
» Paracetamol » Moisturizing lotion
» Water purification tablets » Diarrhoea treatment (Imodium)
» Skin wipes » Dehydration sachets/tablets
» Antiseptic cream » Sun block

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