Oh yes, you are quite right. While San Pedro enjoys a pretty decent local economy, the other parts of Central America is not so fortunate. Many years ago my wife and myself were peace corps volunteers serving in central america . Guatemala was, and still is very poor. Most people live in shacks with dirt floors, and eat corn tortillas and beans, if they have it. Most of the substitent farmers could not read nor write. Many speak Mayan dialects, and their spanish is basic. You are right, we are very lucky.......best-wishes, Mel S..