Heading to Central America for Holy Week? Make sure you respect local etiquette.

Lent is a popular time for travel in Central America, especially the week before Easter (April 24). Revealing clothing is frowned upon, especially in more rural areas. Be quiet when visiting a house of worship, and don’t photograph people praying. When on a bus, give up your seat to an elderly person or a woman carrying a child. Strangers still rely on a handshake for first introductions—although a hearty abrazo (hug) will sometimes replace the handshake on your second meeting. Other customs are more nuanced and vary from country to country, so you should observe locals and follow their lead. See our Central America coverage.