Rates for Research and Education

Rates for Research and Education

Valid from 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2020, Currency: US Dollars. Standard rates before application of aid: Overnight $85.00, Day Visit $43.00.

These amounts are valid for all the OTS Biological Stations. Research visits of up to thirty days qualify for short-term aid; those over thirty days receive long-term aid.

Note that these rates are only for research or educational use of the stations. If you are a natural history visitor or an ecotourist, please refer to the Natural History section of our website for relevant information.

Station fees include your room and board and unlimited access to shared lab and office space, the field, paths and observation platforms, libraries, collections, and WI-FI connection. There are other expenses, however, which are not covered in the station fees and are charged separately, for example but not limited to: transportation, exclusive use of office or lab space, or building of structures. Here is a list of additional services we provide.

These prices are all in USD and do not include Costa Rica taxes (VAT). However, due to the volatility of certain items (especially gas) and of the Colon-USD exchange rate, prices are likely to change often.

We will strive to update this information periodically but, when in doubt or if you need certainty of current prices, please contact the people listed in these documents. During your budget preparation, we advise that you to discuss your budget with the station director and make sure all potential expenses are covered. Please be aware that we also charge a service fee for some of these expenses.

Type of VisitOTS MemberNon OTS Member
Latin AmericanNon Latin AmericanLatin AmericanNon Latin American
OvernightDay VisitOvernightDay VisitOvernightDay VisitOvernightDay Visit
Groups – Courses
High Schoolsn/an/an/an/a$85.00$43.00$85.00$43.00
Groups – Workshops
Short Term$49.30$24.94$72.25$36.55$55.25$27.95$85.00$43.00
Long Term$39.95$21.50$59.50$30.10$46.75$23.65$72.25$36.55
Short Term$40.80$21.50$51.00$30.10$51.00$25.80$63.75$32.25
Long Term$31.45$17.20$34.00$17.20$40.80$20.64$49.30$27.95

Fees for children ages 5-12 are half the standard fees. That is, children are charged $43.00 per day for overnight visits and $21.50 per day for daytime visits. Children do not receive station-fee aid from OTS. Fees for children are the responsibility of adults they accompany.