About Us — Who We Are

Toucan Maps Inc. - Costa Rica Guide is a U.S. based corporation whose main objective is to provide useful information and planning assistance for travelers including publishing the best map in print and the most current, informative and helpful integrated map, directory and information website available for Costa Rica.

Pacific Trade Winds S.A. is a Costa Rica based company whose main objective is to provide exceptional value for full service planning, no nonsense prepaid reservations and in country client support for worry free private vacations in Costa Rica.

In order to provide full service to travelers each company is independently owned and operated because there are some things a U.S. company just can't do in Costa Rica and vice versa. Each company is certified by the appropriate business and travel quality assurance organizations (see details)
Better Business Bureau, Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and other certification seals
Despite the geographical and practical separation of the companies we're one team when it comes to ensuring a great trip for you. If you decide to travel with us you'll have a primary contact to ensure communication continuity, but whether you're talking to someone in our Costa Rica office or e-mailing to Colorado everyone below knows a LOT about this unique country and we're ALL available to lend our individual expertise.

Ray and Suzanne Krueger Koplin
Ray & Suzanne
Sue and Ray honeymooned by bicyle in Costa Rica in 1993 and just kept coming back for more. They started an informational website about Costa Rica when they were still biochemists and it's grown into Costa-Rica-Guide.com (almost 2 million visitors a year) and Toucan Maps Inc. (the whole story)

Sue and Ray live in northern Colorado and spend several months every year on the road (literally) in Costa Rica.





Sherry, Gretchen and Justin
Sherry, Gretchen & Justin
Pacific Trade Winds S.A. is a family owned and operated travel service based in Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica. The owners, Sherry, Gretchen and Justin built their business on exceptional service and great travel plans to fill the need for a reliable, reputable and honest service at an affordable price. They regularly visit and inspect the hotels and tour operators they work with to ensure clients receive the best possible services available.





Meghan and Ryan
Meghan & Ryan
Meghan and Ryan are our resident wedding and honeymoon experts. Anything from a simple ceremony for two on the beach to a blowout with rafting and waterfall rapelling at the bachelor and bachelorette parties and the trip of a lifetime for all the guests.

Meghan and Ryan are based in the Guanacaste beach region of Costa Rica.





Better Business Bureau, Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and other certification seals