Small family farms are the backbone of the Costa Rican economy. Land ownership is more widely distributed in Costa Rica than in other Latin American countries. Coffee is cultivated in small family farms. There is a proud, agrarian cultural tradition even though 63% of Costa Ricans now live in the urban areas and one-third of the country's population of 4.5 million live in or around San Jose.
In the Guanacaste area of Northwest Costa Rica, where Tamarindo is located, there are some large cattle ranches with thousands of acres under the same ownership, tracing to the Spanish colonial land grants. In the Caribbean area there are huge banana plantations, but in most of the rest of the country small family farms are the mainstay.
This week we are showing photos from Xcaret, an eco-park with a dinner show extravaganza on the RIviera Maya south of Cancun, Mexico on Viva la Voyage.