Local Travel Agencies and Tour Operators in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a huge small but in biodiversity, culture and gastronomy. In addition, it is a destination to enjoy any time of the year. One way to travel from end to end and visit unique sites that will make it carry you in your heart forever, is through companies trained to provide you with the best experience and the best service. Professions as the will show the true "pura vida".
The travel agencies that you will find in this directory have been evaluated in order to comply with the regulations established by the ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institute). These are the CST (Certificate of Tourism Sustainability), a program designed to categorize tourism companies according to the actions they carry out in favor of sustainability, which makes them have a better management of natural, social and cultural resources.
Likewise, the Tourism Declaration that is granted to companies that comply with technical, economic and legal requirements indicated in the respective regulations. These requirements seek to guarantee a high quality in the tourist product that they will provide.
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Sustainability Certification program (CST)
Sustainability seeks a balanced interaction of three essential factors within the tourism industry: the proper management of natural and cultural resources; the improvement of the quality of life of the neighboring communities; and the economic success, which contributes to other national development programs.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) developed the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (CST) program for tourism companies with the goal of categorizing and differentiating Costa Rican hotels according to the degree to which their operation approaches a sustainability model, in its management of natural, cultural and social resources.
Previously, the levels were reflected on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing the maximum level a company could achieve in sustainable practices. To-date, there are still companies with a level 5 classification. However, currently, there are two levels of CST, the BASIC and ELITE, with the latter being the second best classification of the standard.