Costa Rica for Families

JUNE 20−29, 2015


• Rainforest boat excursions
• Night walk to see sea turtles nesting
• Whitewater rafting
• Rainforest canopy walk
• Zipline tour of cloud forest 

Staff host

Dr. Chuck KnappDr. Chuck Knapp
, Shedd Aquarium’s vice president of conservation and research, is an expert in Caribbean iguanas and conservation science. His fieldwork has taken him to the Bahamas, Dominica and Costa Rica to study and implement conservation initiatives for endangered iguanas. Chuck also has more than 15 years’ experience leading natural history and citizen science trips. As for experience with kids, he has a young son and daughter, plus 12 nieces and nephews. 

Important information about this trip
What greater experience to share with your family, from kids to grandparents, than travel? Shedd's custom Costa Rica ecotour is the perfect combination of nature and excitement! For this family travel program, children must be 7 or older to participate.

Getting there and getting home

Please plan to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, by the evening of June 20 and depart no earlier than 2 p.m. on June 29.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary may occur.


June 20: Doubletree Cariari Hotel
June 21−22: Evergreen Lodge
June 23−24: Sueño Azul Lodge
June 25−26: Nayara Lodge
June 27−28: Hotel el Establo


Costa Rica

Group Size

16 participants


• Naturalist guide and Shedd host on the main expedition
• Hotels, meals and activities as described in the itinerary
• Bottled water on bus
• Coffee, tea, or juice with breakfast
• Bottled water on mangrove tour
• Tips to porters, service staff for included meals and transfers
• Transfers regardless of time or arrival in San Jose on June 20
• In-country flights, San Jose to Tortuguero on June 21
• One complimentary sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership per household, beginning the month of your trip

Not Included

• International airfare from United States to San Jose, Costa Rica
• U.S. and Costa Rican airport departure taxes and fuel surcharges, if applicable
• Passports, beverages from the bar, laundry and other personal expenses
• Gratuities to guide/driver on the main expedition and to any guide or driver on the extension
• Separate transfers from Monteverde to San Jose on June 29 

Physical Requirements

This trip is best enjoyed if you are in good health, fit and able to enjoy comfortably paced moderate walks over some uneven terrain and on paths and trails that can be fairly steep, slippery and muddy.

Price per person

Main expedition
$3,298 double occupancy
$3,748 single-room occupancy

Child rates:
Ages 7−11:

$500 reduction if sharing a room with two adults
$350 reduction if sharing a room with one adult

Ages 12−17:
$350 reduction if sharing a room with two adults
$200 reduction if sharing a room with one adult

$600 estimated airfare from Chicago to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Optional Activities

You can make advance arrangements to fish for snook and tarpon in Tortuguero.


Monday, June 29
Flight from Monteverde to Guanacaste and Playa Tamarindo on the Pacific coast 

Tuesday, June 30 − Wednesday, July 1
Playa Tamarindo 

Thursday, July 2
Transfer from Playa Tamarindo to Liberia International Airport for flight home   

Extensions Pricing

Extension price per person
$725 per person based on double occupancy and based on a minimum of 2 guests
$655 per person based on double occupancy and based on a minimum of 4 guests
$625 per person based on double occupancy and based on a minimum of 6 guests

Reduction of $80 per person if triple occupancy

Single Room Supplement: $398

Fact Sheet

Download this fact sheet on Shedd's trip to Costa Rica.  


Cheryl Mell

Other Travel Opportunities

This trip is one of five offered through Shedd Aquarium in 2015. See where else you can venture.