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Security:
Traveling in Central America is safe, but still criminality has increased within the last years - as everywhere else in the world. Travelers should be aware of the big wealth gap in developing countries. The following precaution measures should always be taken: Do not wear jewellery (not even costume jewellery), cell phones and other valuables visibly on your body. Take care of your luggage, bags and cameras. Only carry as much money as you might need for the day. Money, credit cards and passports should be left in the hotel's safe. It is recommendable to have a copy of your passport and return ticket. Avoid un-lightened districts at night and use only registered taxis that can be called from the hotel reception. In short: What serves best when traveling, as in most situations of life, is common sense.

Shopping:
Central America is the perfect spot to shop for fabrics, wooden articles, pottery, masks and plenty other handicrafts - you will definitely find your unique souvenir. Prices in supermarkets and shops in the cities have fixed rates; on the local markets and in smaller souvenir shops you should bargain. Please keep always in mind that some souvenirs might have impact on our environment! You should avoid buying coral, certain shells and sea snails as well as certain tropical wood. Apart from saving our nature, you do not risk any problems with the customs back home!

Taxes:
Local taxes and tourism taxes are normally included in all offers. In restaurants and bars make sure and check if the tax (12 - 15%) and a 10% service charge are already included in the bill before tipping.

Time zone:
Central America is in the Central Standard Time Zone and does not observe daylight savings time. Central American countries are 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping:
A 10% tip in restaurant is customary but most restaurants add it to your bill. It's wise to check your bill before tipping. Tipping on tours for drivers and guides should be done according to their services and your satisfaction with their work. US$ 3-6 per day per person for the guide and US$ 1-3 per day per person for the driver is common practice.

Travel time:
Central America has an almost all year around perfect climate. High season is from January to April. Depending on the region, the rainy season is developed to a different degree. On average it lasts from October to January and in June. During this time temperatures are mild and pleasant and the landscape blooming. Central America can therefore be perfectly traveled at any time of the year. To view our tours click here.

Vaccinations:
No vaccinations are required to enter Central America. Only travelers entering Central America from a yellow fever region have to show a vaccination against yellow fewer. Vaccinations against typhoid and tetanus are also recommended, Malaria is frequent throughout some regions and also Dengue Fever occurs sometimes. Depending on the season and climate, sandflies can be found on several beaches. A good protection against mosquito bites is the best way to prevent. We recommend contacting your doctor at home for any precaution measures being necessary for your person. As in all tropical countries you should put high importance on personal hygiene. Tap water is not safe to drink, be sure to cook it before taking it. Be aware of salads and uncooked vegetables.

Weights and measures:
In Central America, a combination of both the metric and imperial systems of measurement is used. Lengths, land areas and distances are measured for the most part metric (kilometres, acres and metres) and sometimes also in imperial inch, foot or yard. Weights are sometimes measured in pounds ("libra") or in kilograms. Gasoline is measured in gallons. For measuring land blocks and "manzanas" (0,744ha) are used.