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Is cheek kissing appropriate when being introduced to a woman in Latin America?

It is more like air kissing than cheek kissing here in South America and pretty much all over Central America too. You basically put your cheek against the one you are greeting and kiss. Only one kiss ...
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Money when traveling to South America

Carrying large amounts of cash in Central or South America is generally not a great idea. Depends a bit on where exactly you are going but I recommend against carrying any more than you immediately ...
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Money when traveling to South America

@Hilmar has a nice answer, but I think it should be completed with two additional points: Before you travel, check if you need to notify your bank you travel in South America. Some banks blocks by ...
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Is there any point in getting an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) instead of an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

The Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) was created by Article XIII of the Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic, signed in 1943 by 21(?) countries in North, Central & ...
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Can I participate in the farming/harvesting of chocolate/cacao as a tourist anywhere in the world?

Since 1978 Côte d'Ivoire has been the world's biggest producer of cocoa with production of 1.65 million tonnes, more than nearby Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Togo combined (1.55 million tonnes) and ...
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Under the Visa Waiver program, can I leave by land in transit to Guatemala?

When entering the US by air, can one cross the Mexican border with the intent of leaving Northern America? Yes, of course. How does the transit time in Mexico count toward the 90 day limit of the ...
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Money when traveling to South America

I live in Mexico, so I will add a couple of local observations in addition to the excellent answers by Hilmar and Giacomo Catenazzi. While Credit Cards are definitely safer and easier to use in the ...
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Is cheek kissing appropriate when being introduced to a woman in Latin America?

In Southern Europe air kissing, or cheek kissing, in a professional circumstance is highly discouraged and should not be done prior a meeting or an interview. It does not matter whether the person is ...
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Is cheek kissing appropriate when being introduced to a woman in Latin America?

I can talk about Argentina. Woman/male greetings are most commonly with an "air kiss", as mentioned above: you gently touch right cheeks while possibly doing a kiss sound. A hand shake between man and ...
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Can I participate in the farming/harvesting of chocolate/cacao as a tourist anywhere in the world?

If you are really on the lookout for cacao and chocolate form start to finish, Africa in Ghana is the place to go.They do not have an official 'assist on the plantation' arrangement, but local life ...
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What is considered impolite in Central/South American area

In Ecuador greeting with a kiss on the cheek is very common. If you don't kiss them on the cheek or pull away when they try to kiss you its very rude. I know from experience. Its like in America if ...
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Border crossing in CA-4 countries (Guatemala, Honduras) for foreigners

The CA-4 agreement classifies nationalities in three categories: A, B, C. Nicaragua and Honduras recognize Belarus citizens as "A" citizens, who are visa exempt: .. which means that with ...
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Is cheek kissing appropriate when being introduced to a woman in Latin America?

In Latin America you should not kiss somebody when meeting for the first time. It is very safe to do a handshake in the beginning for all kinds of situations, business, casual, etc. People will not ...
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Requirements for Guatemala business visa for Indian traveler

They should be enough, because those are the minimum requirements, but obviously having all of those is no guarantee of obtaining the visa. See here for the list, from the Embassy of Guatemala in ...
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