Dec 26, 2024 - Jan 2, 2025
Trip Type
Family Programs

Group Size: 15 - 30 participants
Price: To be announced

We will begin accepting registrations for this trip in Spring 2023!

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Costa Rica is a tropical treasure awaiting discovery. The region’s natural beauty comes alive as we explore the parks framed by turquoise waters, crystalline rivers, volcanoes, rainforests and cloud forests. Opportunities abound to seek out the numerous species of birds, mammals, and marine life that make these environments their home. Learn from local biologists about sea turtle conservation and see their nests on a special nighttime walking tour. Enjoy a cooking class, hike trails and hanging bridges in the rainforests and cloud forests, experience the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest, and raft down the Sarapiqui River.

  • Explore the winding rivers of Tortuguero National Park looking for three toed sloths, three species of monkeys and 320 species of birds.
  • Visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Museum and go on an evening turtle nesting tour.
  • Raft down Class II/III rapids on the Sarapiqui River.
  • Take a cooking class and learn about organic farming in the tropics.
  • Explore the various canopies of the rainforest on trails and hanging bridges near Arenal Volcano. Nighttime walks to experience the nocturnal sounds of both the rainforest and cloud forest.
  • Spend two days at Monteverde’s complex ecosystem, perched atop the continental divide and sustained by moist clouds and fog. Monteverde supports more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and at least 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids.
  • Experience the Bat Jungle, promoting public awareness of the ecological importance of bats, thereby helping to conserve bat populations throughout the world.

Schedule by Day

  • Dec 26: Depart from home city / arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Dec 27: Tortuguero
  • Dec 28: Tortuguero
  • Dec 29: Arenal
  • Dec 30: Arenal
  • Dec 31: Monteverde
  • Jan 1: Monteverde
  • Jan 2: Return flights home


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What to Expect

Activity Level 3

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Study Leader(s)

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Comparative Zoology; Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology
Additional Lecture Info
More lecturer information to be announced.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.