Mexico & Central America Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Mexico & Central America activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Glover's ongoing report on Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
  2. 2 Trip Report Two weeks in Panama, a new adventure...
  3. 3 STAY AWAY FROM AMERICA CAR RENTAL!!
  4. 4 Belize, Rotaan, Cozumel - WHAT TO DO?? HELP!!
  5. 5 Visit to Xela, Antigua, Atitlan
  6. 6 Entertaining young children in Tulum/Akumal
  7. 7 Tour/Excursion operators Arenal & Manuel Antonio
  8. 8 Wanna be Expats!!! Can we move to Mexico sooner? Work? Elsewhere?
  9. 9 Trip Report A WHALE Of A TALE
  10. 10 Trip Report Panama made us Panamaniacs, Trip Report Dec/Jan 2015-16
  11. 11 Fonda Vela
  12. 12 Need help w/mother/daughter 3 day side excursion
  13. 13 mexico vs dominican republic vacation
  14. 14 Privat Tour Options for Chichen itza + Tulum
  15. 15 Mosquitoes and the Zika virus
  16. 16 Cancun 7 day trip advice needed
  17. 17 Driver needed for Panama City
  18. 18 Trip Report Costa Rica Cruise - Part 3
  19. 19 Warm Temp for Snorkling
  20. 20 Trip Report Cruise to Costa Rica 2016
  21. 21 Trip Report Costa Rica Cruise - Details
  22. 22 Nicaragua, the new Costa Rica ?
  23. 23 Help us plan a Mayan Ruins plus Wildlife trip
  24. 24 Planning ~$1000/person AI vacation from DC
  25. 25 Help with excursions from Black Rock Lodge
View next 25 » Back to the top

Conflicting answers about the water being safe

Jump to last reply

I've gotten conflicting answers to this question and didn't see anything recent in the Fodor's archives. I'll be in Panama City and the Canal Zone (mostly on land in CZ) for an upcoming professional trip. Although I don't plan on drinking from any water fountains, is the water in Panama City and CZ (Miraflores locks, Gamboa rainforest, Panama Canal expansion project) safe?

The Fodor's 2nd edition (2010) tourbook for Panama says that the tap water, at least in Panama City and CZ, is safe to drink, use for ice, and for brushing teeth. However, the FAQ sheet that I've received for the trip says not do do any of those. That's the same thing I heard from the travel-medicine doctor.

The Fodor's tourbook seems to have missed the boat on what vaccines are necessary -- it says maybe malaria and maybe yellow fever, while the CDC, FAQ sheet, and travel doctor all strongly recommend those two plus Hepatitis A, Hep B, and typhoid. The fact that the tourbook missed the boat -- a lot -- on vaccines makes me question their advice on the water. While I think avoiding the water is a good recommendation, is it unnecessarily restrictive?

2 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement