The Switzerland of Central America
It really is.
Unlike its neighbors, Costa Rica is rich, educated and has avoided the political instability and constant warfare that plagued the region over the last century.
There’s no military in Costa Rica. It’s the “greenest” country in the world. By the early 1900s, Costa Rica had free public education, guaranteed minimum wage and child protection laws. The central valley not only produces some of the best coffee in the world, but also serves as a major microchip production center.
Why is there so much contrast between Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America?
I have no idea, but it’s colonial history might have something to do with it. The Spaniards weren’t so interested in Costa Rica and left it alone … relatively, of course.
Less blood. More stability.
Zarcero, Costa Rica - © Diego Cupolo 2011