With five percent of the world’s biodiversity, the unique geography of Costa Rica is a hotspot for eco-tourism and conservation work. However, it is that same geography that makes the country so vulnerable to the violent drug trade that surrounds its borders. Costa Rica has become a major transshipment point for drug traffickers, with deadly consequences for those caught in the middle.
In part two of our three part series, VICE News commemorates the two-year anniversary of environmental activist Jairo Mora Sandoval’s tragic death. Locals still debate whether the murder was revenge for Jairo’s aggressive conservation work or a message from the drug trade to stay away from the beach.