Costa Rica Sun Tours (CRST) is fully committed to working with and supporting travel agencies. Their thorough destination expertise and exceptional customer service set them apart. Customizing trips which satisfy a variety of clients is what they do best, from family-friendly tours to luxury travel opportunities. CRST favors eco-friendly hotels, providing unique travel experiences and exceptional value. Small groups and individuals can choose fully or partially escorted tours in the company of some of the best naturalist guides in the country! CRST’s goal is to offer transformative, memorable, and unique travel experiences to your travelers. They understand the importance of surpassing your clients’ expectations and ensuring that they have the best vacation ever.
The Kusini Collection is proud to represent a group of like-minded businesses in Africa and Latin America, who believe in having a positive impact on our world. They collaborate with local communities and conservation organizations within their destinations with the belief that empowerment of people and place and being a voice for wildlife and natural areas will result in healthy ecosystems and communities. Here’s just a taste of what they are up to…
JOHN ASPINALL – Founder and President
In 1988, founder and President of Costa Rica Sun Tours (CRST), John Aspinall, pioneered a multi-day tour of Arenal and Monteverde. At the time, there were only 250,000 tourists to Costa Rica – today, this number stands at approximately 2.5 million! John was born and raised in the land of ‘Pura Vida,’ and together with his family, they were ahead of their time with the creation of two eco-lodges – Tiskita Jungle Lodge, in the remote southwest of the country facing Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula, and Arenal Observatory Lodge, the only hotel within the Arenal Volcano National Park, built for scientists from the Smithsonian Institute. Environmental sustainability and cultural sensitivity has been part of the CRST DNA from day one!
ARLENE SANDI – General Manager
Arlene was born and has lived all her life in this tropical paradise, Costa Rica. She loves to travel abroad with her family in order to have new experiences, learn about different cultures and try their varied meals. Arlene likes to combine work, family and study trying to get the best out of them, enjoying every second of her life. She has collaborated with Costa Rica Sun Tours for 28 years which has allowed her to be part of this company since its origin. Due to this, she has met many people involved in tourism since a long time ago. She has taken part and has been a close witness of the positive development that Costa Rica has had on tourism throughout these years…
IGNACIO OCAMPO – Commercial Director
Ignacio is your point person for any marketing and sales strategies, fam trips and site inspections, new product development and general promotion of Costa Rica – his ultimate goal being to create a deeper, more beneficial and personal relationship with you and your company! With over 29 years of experience across a wide spectrum of the travel industry, Ignacio has traveled every nook and cranny of Costa Rica and eagerly shares his first-hand knowledge. Ignacio’s passion is to share Costa Rica with all of our partners and ensure your guests are provided unique, transformative and memorable travel experiences they wont soon forget!
The Team: Costa Rica Sun Tours is among one of the few tour companies that is still managed by the founder since its inception in the late 1980’s. The bulk of the staff have been with the company for 10 – 20 + years! This ensures the experience and know-how to handle any request or situation.
The Guiding Team: While each of the guides have unique talents and knowledge and each is naturally the kind of person we enjoy spending time with, for your comfort and safety there are several key professional credentials that they have in common: