Be smart about food safety in Central and South America with these tips.

Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 12, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment
Drink only bottled water, called agua purificada or agua mineral. It is available even at the smallest stores, and is much cheaper than in North America. Use bottled water even when brushing your teeth. Ask for your drinks sin hielo, meaning "without ice." Skip uncooked foods, fruits with the skin on, and unpasteurized milk and milk products. Words to remember: "Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it."

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  • AliciaNL on May 12, 11 at 04:43 PM

    Your stomach will get used to it :) It is just the tast that I don't like.

  • chet01 on May 12, 11 at 07:03 AM

    This is a good subject to bring up. In the past I used to frequent cozumel and belize quite a bit and had been sick on my first trip. we went to our family doctor and requested anti bacterial water pills that he prescribed for this and never had any problems after that, but still avoided water poisoning is another problem over there.