We kind of fast tracked trough Costa Rica, primarily because we wanted to catch our ride to Ecuador and secondary because it costs an arm and a leg to visit this country. The Ticos (as Costa Ricans are called) are hard working people and this is clearly visible all over the place. The country is the cleanest in all Central America. Everywhere we went there were cows, cows and cows. Tons of cows and they looked very healthy. We bought the best cheese in Central America at the side of the road and it was not as expensive as in the stores, same goes for roadside fruit stands. Other than that seems like this country is not for low budget travellers. The infrastructure is not as great, mostly narrow roads everywhere, traffic is a slow drag. As a strange thing, all the houses were heavily wrapped in security grates, which led to the question how safe is after all Costa Rica, why is the need of such heavy protection of properties?