Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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The country is very stable and prosperous, with a long democratic tradition. It has escaped some of the brutal conflicts and grinding poverty in contrast to for example Guatemala and Nicaragua. They don't even have an army here. All this I guess, and the constant flow of tourists over several years, has made the country quite a bit more expensive than it's northern isthmus neighbors. Not just because everything costs more, but also because there's so much to do and see here. And everything costs. So much in fact, that many low budget backpackers traveling through Central America more or less skip visiting altogether.
I still have a bit to see in Costa Rica before I head off to Panama, so we will have to see if I consider it my favorite country on this trip so far. Or if possibly the overall costs and sheer number of tourists will instead make Nicaragua or Guatemala number one. No matter what, they are all great places to travel. In the end I guess it's not about favorite countries, but the different experiences you make and the people you meet.