VIDEO: Costa Rica’s first slum tour offers visitors a different perspective on paradise

A child peeks out from her home in the slum Triángulo de la Solidaridad. Alberto Font/The Tico Times

A child peeks out from her home in the slum Triángulo de la Solidaridad. Alberto Font/The Tico Times

Thousands of tourists visit Costa Rica every year and load onto buses to see the country’s famous beaches, volcanoes and rainforests. And on their way, they might pass by Costa Rica’s most unlikely tourist attraction: Triángulo de la Solidaridad, one of the capital’s best known slums.

Now, for $12 visitors can participate in the “Really Experience Community” tour guided by the slum’s residents. Organizers and participating residents hope that the tours will offer visitors and Costa Ricans alike a new perspective on the country’s persistent 20 percent poverty rate and a window into the lives of those who inhabit these neighborhoods on society’s fringes.

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