The past few days, I have enjoyed the warmth and beauty of Puerto Vallarta, among the most popular destinations for international travelers to Mexico.
In the past few years, I've also visited Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica. Each presents excellent opportunities for budget travelers, but many in our number are hesitant about exploring these places.
Careful planning and common-sense security precautions are important. But you must also avoid putting credence in budget travel myths for Latin America. Don't cheat yourself. Learn to make value-oriented destination choices.