Nonprofit Boy with a Ball wants to be clear: this is not your average slum tour. It may seem exploitative, but visiting El Triángulo, a squatter development of 2000 people north of San José, is anything but. Promising young residents lead tours, introducing guests to neighbors and community entrepreneurs. No cameras are allowed, but the conversations make a lasting impression.
Note that this tour has a minimum cost of $100, making it ideal for groups. Boy With a Ball requires that you book at least three days in advance.