Military checkpoints are set up along certain roads and highways. As you approach the checkpoint you will see several young men dressed in army green uniforms with guns. Some tourists do get nervous at this sight, but their purpose is to find drugs and imported items being transported illegally. At some checkpoints you may even see a sign posted by the government for tourists so they feel more secure about the process. Be sure to slow down or stop if you are asked to. They may ask you a couple of questions (in Spanish) to find out where you are coming from (¿De dónde vienen?) and where you are going (¿A dónde van?). They may do a routine check of your vehicle. Cooperation and showing respect is the key for a smooth exit.
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