When people ask if Central America, or any of the particular countries composing the region, is safe, they are usually thinking in terms of theft, robbery and violence. Most travelers, thankfully, have been safe throughout their trip where those matters are concerned. But, when it comes to other aspects of their well being, such as food quality and safety, I would say that a fair number of people are sick within a day or two of arriving. Some people get sick and have no idea what ails them. Others realize that they have acquired parasites, lice, mites, or that their digestive systems have been overrun by invading and rapidly multiplying bacteria, owing to the full blown sense of urgency such a matter imparts. So, when it comes to the matter of food safety, I would argue that the region is definitely not safe, that it is likely that you will become ill, the chances that you will spend a significant amount of time on the toilet, and going without food, owing to a weak stomach, are typically fairly high. The chances that you will acquire a parasite, such as worms, is higher than you would probably ever like to imagine. One of the odd things about some regions, or nations, of Central America is this, perhaps the water in the country is very cheap, no one complains about the price of water, they laugh about it. And yet, and yet, the water is known to be contaminated to some extent or another. No one would think about drinking it if they could afford to buy bottled water. But, owing to politics, and ignorance, no one would think about raising the price of water in order to drastically improve the quality and safety. So, if you visit even a salad bar, and they have thoroughly cleaned the vegetables that are on your plate, the water they used may be bad enough to cause a reaction. Food of all kinds, of all types, can cause a severe negative reaction. Pork, which is a popular meat in many Central American countries, can contain an organism that, if you are unfortunate enough to digest it, will invade your brain and it will evade efforts at being removed. Now, how badly do you want to eat pork? Please, share with us your story about how you got sick, what exactly turned your stomach, and how long did it take after your arrival?