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From The California Native Newsletter:

Lori’s Tips For Trips:

Traveling in Latin America

By Lori Klein
Since so many of our most popular destinations are based in Latin America, I’ve decided to jot down a few hints that can make your future travels south of the border mas facil (easier) and divertido (fun).
  • Cross the communication barrier. People will be a lot more helpful and friendly towards the visitor who makes even the most basic effort to communicate. Even a simple Hola! (Hi) and smile will get you a long way.

  • Let your palate explore. Part of the fun of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Don't turn your nose in the air when offered something new. You might be in for a pleasant surprise.

  • Leave stereotypes behind. All people have preconceived notions about unfamiliar places and new people. Latin America, like the United States, has a very diversified population.

  • Money, money, money. It is not necessary to change large quantities of dollars before leaving home, but it’s always nice to arrive with something in your pocket. Smaller denominations work best and are easier to change. Travelers checks can be difficult to cash in remote areas.

  • Travel light. Don’t let your luggage become your burden. Overpacking is one of the biggest mistakes travelers to Latin America make. If you don't have to worry about “extra baggage,” you can spend a lot more time having fun.

  • Do a little homework. Reading up on the country you’ll be visiting and learning something about its history, geography and culture can make your trip a lot more fun and interesting.
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