The hidden Cabécar people of Costa Rica


One long hike out of the 21st century.

In one of the most remote villages in Costa Rica even the toothbrush is an innovation. Children cough themselves to sleep because the house has no chimney, just an open fire pit.

Despite the high literacy rate in Costa Rica, many of these Cabécar Indians cannot read nor write. Spanish is a foreign language. To get there you need to hike five hours and brave an uninspected zip line over a raging river.

Reporter Helen Thompson made the grueling hike to the small community in the company of volunteers who are trying to improve living conditions.

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