Tegucigalpa, the Capital of Honduras

Honduras’s capital, a city of just over one million inhabitants, occupies a high mountain valley around 1,000 meters above sea level, with the Río Choluteca running right down the middle. Amy E. Robertson introduces readers to the history of Tegucigalpa, its neighborhoods, and offers safety tips for travelers staying in this busy city.

Exploring Offbeat Mexico with Churpa Rogers

Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers—daughter of the original editor of The People’s Guide to Mexico, the late Steve Rogers—talks about her lifelong relationship with Mexico and gives advice for travelers looking to get away from a typical tourist vacation.

When Lightning Strikes

Forget floods and mudslides. What most people don’t know about Brazil is that it’s the country where you’re most likely to be zapped by lightning.

Safety Issues: How Safe is Brazil?

As someone who lives in Brazil, and writes about Brazil, one of the most frequent questions Michael Sommers gets from non-Brazilians is about the safety of the country. The honest answer is that security is an issue, but there are also many precautions that can be taken to avoid crime.

Summer of Scam: Beware of Card Cloning

One day in December, Michael Sommers logged on to his Citibank account and was shocked to discover that he had $3 in his checking account and $9 in his savings account. His heart racing, he checked his account activity and saw that there had been six withdrawals, over two days, from a Banco do Brasil, during which all of his money had been extracted. And then it hit him: his card had been cloned.

Helpful Advice from the “Pickpocket King”

Given such desperate times, skillful pickpockets can come in all shapes and sizes, from small, nimble children to beautiful, distracting women. So, whether you’re embarking on a business trip, a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a solo escape, or an excursion with friends, check out these vital tips from a pickpocketing expert.