Costa Rica relies heavily on tourism as you most likely know as an Insider. For the last couple of decades, the country has promoted itself as a leader in adventure eco-tourism and runs slick ad campaigns showcasing incredible volcanos, brightly colored waterfalls, empty beaches, verdant mountains, and loveable sloths—amongst other jaw-dropping biodiversity. Then it expanded successfully into luxury tourism: glamping, gaycations, and wedding destinations. According to the Knoema numbers for 2019, 13.5% of Costa Rica’s GDP came from tourism—bringing in approximately US$1.9 billion. It is safe to say that in many of the popular beach communities and national park areas, well over half of the income comes directly or indirectly from visitors.