When American tourists visit South America for the first time and learn about the pooping practices of their southern neighbors, they are often taken back. “The toilet paper goes where??” You can also watch and share this video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Admittedly, throwing my used toilet paper into a trashcan took some getting used to for me, but eventually it became part of my twice-daily grind. I still prefer putting toilet paper into the toilet, so I guess I'm just like what the Ecuadorian woman in my video says, “Typical American!”

Bathroom habits differ all over the world. I remember visiting Thailand 13 years ago and experiencing my first squatty potty. There was no toilet paper next to the toilet, but instead a big tub of water and a little bucket to splash myself clean. Bathrooms are one of the particular aspects of traveling that can really catch you off guard if you're not prepared. Well now you are prepared for your first visit to South America!

Watch more of my videos about South America:

  • Neighbors Who Bathe Together – Join me in Baños Ecuador where taking a hot bath with 100 of your neighbors is just another Friday night!
  • Quilotoa: What Goes Down – My friend Liz learns a difficult lesson while visiting one of the most beautiful places in Ecuador.
  • La Casa de Rafa – Join me at a restaurant in Quito Ecuador that's run by the blind and serves meals inside a cave underground in absolute darkness!
  • Coffee, Tea, Puppy? – Check out this cafe in Quito Ecuador where the owners Alex & Diana have fostered over 100 animals!
  • If She Can Do It… – Meet Andrea, a school teacher who's traveled to 72 countries and counting on a teacher's salary!

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