Travelling to central america. Any tips?!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 02, 2012 at 9:59 AM

hi there, i am travelling to central america and cuba this summer and want to know whether anyone has any tips for food/meals etc?

All those beans/rice/corn tortillas are scaring me!! i don't want to ruin all my hard work by not being prepared..thanks!



on May 03, 2012
at 09:12 PM

i'll be going to costa rica, guatemala, honduras, belize and mexico!



on May 02, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Which countries? The region is diverse so I think it makes a difference which countries you go to.

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on May 02, 2012
at 02:06 PM

I've lived all over South and Central America, the local cusine is typically fried foods, beans, rice: but you can find plenty of grilled options, this shouldnt be an issue for beef, pork, chicken, fish etc. grilled is always pretty safe, unless you are in Argentina where they care about how the beef is 'grown' grass fed, organic are not common terms. Chicken tends to be very yellow, meaning corn fed, that always gets me very ill.

If you eat potatoes, plantaines and yucca you can get these in non fried versions, but you'll want to ask to be sure, fried is the norm. They use lots of oils and not the good kinds either.

Lots of 'fresh' cheeses if you like those, they are yummy. Beautiful tropical fruits.

Salads can be dangerous in these countries, what is considered clean to you isn't necessarily the same to them, and you likely aren't going to be use to the types of 'bugs' they are use to....stay away from raw foods unless its avocado or no skins (fruits and veggies).

Bring some things like carbon and immodium just to be safe.

Should be a great experience for you, but just keep basic things in mind wherever you go and you should be fine.



on May 02, 2012
at 11:28 AM

Meat is always a good staple. I was in Paraguay a few years ago, I know, it's not Central America by a few thousand miles or so, however my comment is that the meat there was incredible. All grass fed (as far as I could see). The same might also be true for Central America.

From what I read about Cuba, they eat beef, pork, chicken and fish.

Wherever I go i usually eat the same things anyway. Meat, fish, chicken, cheese, butter or coconut oil, dark green vegetables...

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