Had a day out in Costa Rica yesterday. You tend to know the place name 'Costa Rica', and that it's 'somewhere over there . . .however a visit to the actual country and a bus tour where there is a tour guide to tell you all about the history of the country, it's economy and major exports etc, gives you a much better perspective of the area.
Costa Rica is the country just north of it's neighbour Panama and having a northern neighbour Nicaragua.
Coffee and Intel Computer Chips are the main exports from Costa Rica - a basic wage for workers in plantations and similar is about $2 an hour. It's not exactly a very wealthy looking country judging by the roadsides we passed.