Getting to El Mirador and Seeing the Pyramids

Here’s how to make the journey to El Mirador, a Preclassic Maya city whose dominating feature is the presence of two large pyramid complexes, El Tigre and La Danta, running east to west and facing each other.

Avoiding Identity Theft While on Vacation

Identity theft is, unfortunately, one of the many pitfalls of traveling. Veteran traveler and American Nomad, Laura Martone, offers up some handy tips to keep your identity safe while out adventuring on the road.

Crime in Nicaragua

Believe it or not, Nicaragua was considered one of the safer countries in all of Latin America for a few years, though tourism-related crimes like petty theft and scam artists (and the occasional robbery and assault) sometimes occur, usually at night and involving alcohol. There have also been some problems with carjackings by criminals posing as police.

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.