The lack of nationality has been a historical obstacle preventing indigenous people living on Costa Rica’s borders access to basic services such as healthcare, education and social assistance benefits.
The Costa Rican government named Guillermo Rodriguez Romero, a Bribri indigenous attorney from the village of Suretka in Talamanca, as the ambassador to Bolivia. Rodriguez is Costa Rica’s first indigenous ambassador in history.
The supposed teachings of plants like ayahuasca, datura and tobacco attract travelers from all over the world. Some try to heal diseases, others try to find answers. In the past couple of years, dozens of retreats have been built near Iquitos to accommodate these practices.