The homicide rate in Costa Rica has been increasing, and authorities blame it on the growth of drug trafficking in the country.
Costa Rica was previously considered one of the most peaceful countries in Latin America, as there were few conflicts and had a relatively low crime rate.
This rise in homicide rate can particularly be seen in the port region of Limon, which is usually one of the country’s most visited areas by tourists as it is usually where cruise ships dock and their passengers experience a jungle adventure.
According to the Associated Press, the country recorded 657 homicides last year, and Limon has a homicide rate five times the national average.
The city was considered the epicenter of the bloodshed in Costa Rica, which is one of the most laid-back countries in Latin America that lacks a standing army. This latest wave of violence has sparked a public outcry as President Rodrigo Chaves scrambles for answers.