Drinking water in Mexico and Central America

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Drinking water in Mexico and Central America

Postby Nicc » Wed May 23, 2007 3:10 am

So, I have read the water in central america is not drinkable...

What is the best solution: buying filter, iodine tablets, living on bottled water, boiling some how??
I probably could work it out later, but would rather know now, settle one more thing on my mind before my trip :)

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Postby Hadleycat » Wed May 23, 2007 7:21 am

We always use bottled water. Our theory is its better to be safe than sorry. You don't want to spend most of your trip in the lou.....
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Postby little_miss_sunshine » Wed May 23, 2007 10:05 am

Hi Nic,
I agree with Hadleycat - you'll end up buying water to avoid problems, but if you are very concerned and want to be prepared, try the Pristine drops. Not a huge investment if you don't end up needing them (I took them on my trip to Peru & Ecuador and never even opened the packet).
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Postby Enroute » Mon May 28, 2007 11:15 am

Hello Nic,

Bottled water is readly available throughout Central America for a minimal cost($0.50-1.00USD/litre) even in the most unlikely places. Save a bottle or two if you are going to more remote place so that you have a container to treat water with those Pristine drops.
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Postby autark » Tue May 29, 2007 3:36 pm

I recently picked up an ultraviolet light water purifier: http://www.rei.com/product/717120?vcat=REI_SEARCH

pros:
- portable
- smaller than most filters
- fast
- no iodine taste
- kills just about everything you can think of
- no waste from disposable plastic water bottles

cons:
- expensive
- requires power (I'm using rechargable batteries to try to cut down on waste)

It is costly, but I think worthwhile to not leave a trail of water bottles in the garbage behind me wherever I travel.
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Postby little_miss_sunshine » Tue May 29, 2007 4:45 pm

Very cool, Autark!!!
I'm jealous - and impressed!
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Postby Emy » Thu May 31, 2007 5:36 am

I just got back from the Mayan Adventure and every where you come (even the smallest places) you have the chance to buy a bottle of fresh water, we also had one spare bottle of water in our big backpacks I case we couldn't buy a fresh one and we never used it
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Postby thecakeisalie » Thu May 31, 2007 9:41 am

The water in most parts of Central America is bad (especially Mexico) but there are some places where the ground water is drinkable (Costa Rica outside of San Jose, for example); it just depends on the conditions of the water table. That being said, it is always best to buy bottled water.

To be prepared for some Montezuma's revenge, however, carry some immodium and get a travel doctor to prescribe some Leviquin (Tequin and Cipro are others that work well). The Leviquin will kill the bug, the immodium will help the symptoms.

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