I recently visited the Galapagos, and had a wonderful time, but only stayed two nights in Quito, which according to the Australian Government travel website, is a very dangerous city. I love the South American birds and wildlife, and am contemplating a birding trip to Costa Rica. However, this also sounds like Chicago in the 40s, with (according to the same website) rampant theft, muggings, riots, carjacking, and so on. I know this is probably exaggerated (I would not venture into parts of the supposedly safe Australian cities at night), so how dangerous really is Costa Rica for the average traveller?
A second question: has anyone dealt with a firm called Costa Rica Gateway, which purports to specialise in these sorts of tours?
Thanks for any advice.