Discover Creation Costa Rica Adventure Tour

March 2 – 11, 2018

(with optional ministry outreach March 11-19)

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(For families or individuals)

This Creation tour, offered by Alpha Omega Institute, is not your ordinary “tourist” trip. Not only will you see many popular sights that nobody would want to miss, but you will also hear about and soak in the wonders of our awesome Creator! You will say, “This is why I came to Costa Rica!”  You will be taken off the beaten track to experience the real Costa Rica with its volcanoes, beautiful rainforest environments and amazingly colorful exotic birds that many bird watchers long to see. Marvel at tropical mammals, fish, reptiles, and amazing butterflies such as the Blue Morpho that defy evolutionary explanations and point to the amazing wisdom of our Creator!

We have chosen many sites for you to explore that are not in typical tourist haunts. Enjoy a safe aerial tram over rainforests; take a boat trip to explore some fabulous mangrove swamps; explore the underwater world as you snorkel at the famous Caño Island; see fabulous waterfalls; relax at postcard-picture beaches; visit and/or hike in the fabulous Corcovado National Park area which is really off the beaten track and on the bucket list even of native Costa Ricans.

An experienced naturalist will accompany us on the entire trip to supply us with fascinating information and point out what most of us would miss without that expertise. Typical reptiles and mammals seen include several species of monkeys, coatimundis, sloths, iguanas, land and sea turtles, crocodiles, and perhaps, for the fortunate, a tapir or even a jaguar!

What is included?

  • Most expenses including ALL meals and hotels (3 star and better)!
  • Transportation in the country including airport/hotel transfers.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, boat transportation, tram costs, and all other sites.
  • Experienced and professional bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Native Costa Rican tour coordinator to keep things running smoothly
  • Veteran Creation speakers as additional guides
  • Tips (These can mount up to a great expense for tourists, but we have them covered.)

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What is not covered?

  • Air travel to/from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Trip cancellation insurance (recommended)
  • Snacks, alcoholic beverages
  • Country Exit tax (frequently included in airline tickets)
  • Camera, batteries, and plenty of memory cards

Daily Itinerary

Below is a detailed itinerary for the tour. Scroll through and click 0n the arrows for each day’s schedule.  The hotels listed below that have been reserved for this tour are classed as 3-Star or better — all with very good ratings and with private baths.*

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March 2 – Arrive in San Jose

Arrive plenty early at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose where your Adventure Host will transport you to your first night’s lodging to get settled in and then take you to our first official activity — WELCOME and enjoy a great authentic Costa Rican restaurant dinner. This is followed by a tour overview and special Creation program.  Hint: Get there early so that you do not miss anything.  (Let us know if you wish us to book an extra day or so for you before your tour!) Your hotel is about 1o minutes from the airport. If you wish to arrive early (or stay after), you can enjoy some of the many local attractions. These could include shopping at the Mercado Nacional de Artesanías (authentic Costa Rican market), or several museums including the Jade museum, Gold museum, etc.

Lodging: City Express San Jose Airport (2 nights)

City Express San Jose Airport

March 3-4 – City Express San Jose Airport city-express

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March 3 – Poás Volcanic National Park, Peace Waterfall, Butterfly Gardens

Breakfast at hotel.  Our bus departs bright and early to visit Poás (volcano) National Park, and Peace Waterfall Gardens. See lush green farmland and countryside on the way to the top of the Poás volcano. At Peace Waterfall Gardens, you will not only enjoy a series of waterfalls, but many other options including  its famous butterfly gardens with a multitude of beautiful and exotic flowers and  butterflies such as the evolution defying Blue Morpho.  Upon returning to San Jose, you will enjoy dinner at your hotel. By this time, you may already wish you had brought extra or a larger camera memory card! Join our speakers during the evening program!

Lodging: City Express San Jose Airport

City Express San Jose Airport

March 2-3 – City Express San Jose Airport city-express

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March 4– Museum, Bus Excursion, and Guided Nature Hike at San Gerardo Dota

After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and depart to the south to San Gerardo Dota via amazing scenery. On the way, we take in San Jose’s famous National Museum and gardens. After checking into our next hotel and enjoying a great lunch, you will participate in a nature hike on the reserve led by your expert naturalist guide and then have time to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.

Lodging: Los Suenos del Bosque

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March 4 – Lodging at Los Suenos del Bosquesuenos-del-bosque

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March 5 – Bird Watching and Depart to Coto Brus Valley

The early bird sees the most birds!  Go on an early bird watch with your guide to see some of the many exotic and beautiful birds Costa Rica is famous for. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, prepare to enjoy great scenery and sites as we head to the Coto Brus Valley with lunch at a restaurant along the way. We are headed to Amistad Coffee country as well as an area rich in other produce! Your eyes will feast on a variety of scenery including this famous rainforest area. We will stay at the La Amistad Lodge on the Hacienda La Amistad at Las Mellizas near the border of Panama.

Lodging: La Amistad Lodge (2 nights)

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March 5-6 – Lodging at La Amistad Lodge costa rica hotel la amistad lodge

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March 6 – Las Tablas, Coffee Plantation and Chelita Farm.

After breakfast at your La Amistad Lodge, you jump in the excursion vehicles heading high up to another protected area (reserve) called Las Tablas. Expect to add hundreds more photos to your already full camera card. (Did we say bring plenty of memory cards?) After lunch, visit the coffee processing facilities and see lush production on the Chelita Farm. The hacienda you are on has elevations from 4,100 to 7,218 feet (1,250 to 2,200 m). It includes thousands of acres of rain forest within the Las Tablas Protected Zone. On the Pacific slope of the Talamanca Mountains, Las Tablas was declared part of the Amistad Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations and a World Heritage site by UNESCO for its rich biodiversity. Sixty percent of the flora and fauna in Costa Rica is thought to exist here.

Lodging: La Amistad Lodge

La Amistad Lodge

March 5-6 – Lodging at La Amistad Lodge costa rica hotel la amistad lodge

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March 7 – Botanical Gardens, Stone Spheres, and Mangrove Swamps

By this point, you are probably thinking this tour couldn’t get better. But it just did! Today is certainly a day you won’t forget. After breakfast, we head for the Sierpe-Corcovado area. On the way we tour the Botanical Gardens (Wilson), and see giant stone spheres sculpted by the ancient natives of Costa Rica – an archaeological marvel. Soon after, we leave behind our bus and proceed by boat to Drake Bay from Sierpe through amazing mangrove swamps along the river route. You will arrive at our Hotel on Drake Bay on the Pacific Ocean where we will spend 2 nights. The beauty here will be permanently etched on your memory.

Lodging: Ranch0 Corcovado (Superior rooms) (2 nights)

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March 7-8 – Lodging at Rancho Corcovado (Superior rooms)

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March 8 – Snorkeling Caño Island and Experience the Corcovado National Park area

You think the days before were unforgettable? You are now in an area that is on the bucket list of many Costa Ricans! relax and soak in the beauty or take in more adventure as your guide gives you a tour of part of Corcovado National Park.  Located in the remote Osa Peninsula, Corcovado is considered by many to be the most bio-diverse place on Earth boasting more biodiversity than the entire United States! It is home to over 400 bird species, 140 mammals, and a whopping 500 tree species. This part of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is noted for viewing wildlife and amazing birds like the Blue and Scarlett Macaws -fabulous birds to see. It also lays claim to being the most unspoiled costal rain forest in Central America. After lunch, we take a boat to the Isla Del Caño Biological Preserve located on a small island about 12 miles off the coast. The Preserve has some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rica with hundreds of tropical fish, eels, rays, and even an occasional sea turtle or small shark. This is an underwater paradise for you to enjoy God’s awesome Creation!

Lodging: Rancho Corcovado (Superior rooms) (2 nights)

Rancho Corcovado

March 7-8 – Lodging at Rancho Corcovado (Superior rooms)

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March 9 – Mangrove Swamp Boat Tour and Jacó Area's Punta Leona Beach on the Central Pacific Coast

After breakfast, we launch or boat to view more Mangrove swamps, birds, and wildlife. We meet our bus again to drive along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Costa Rica past beautiful post card-perfect scenery and beaches! Our destination is the famous Jacó Beach area and the Punta Leona Beach where you will check into your hotel and spend the rest of afternoon relaxing and soaking in the sun and sand.

Lodging: Punta Leona Resort Hotel (2 nights)

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March 9-10 – Lodging at Punta Leona Hotelpunta-leona

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March 10 – Aerial Tram tour (Pacific/Jacó) and Crocodile sighting

Close to Jacó, the aerial tram tour is a “must do” adventure. You will not only experience the forest canopy from above, but will also have breath-taking views. Your lunch will be at the Tram restaurant where you will also enjoy another fantastic butterfly garden. Afterwards, we enjoy the rest of the day at our beach and resort.  Lodging: Punta Leona Resort Hotel

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March 9-10 – Lodging at Punta Leona Hotelpunta-leona

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March 11 – Head for San Jose and (Sadly) Adios!!”

Make sure you book a later flight (if possible) so you can enjoy another scenery packed morning in route to the San Jose airport (or lodging if you stay on with us for the ministry outreach). Transportation from the Punta Leona Hotel to the airport is included. We really believe you will depart Costa Rica with unforgettable memories of an amazing Tropical Creation Family Adventure.  . . . OR . . . you can extend your stay however you want . . . OR …  for a limited number of you who get their requests in early and want to help, join Dave and Mary Jo Nutting as they spend the next week doing a creation teaching outreach at the University of Costa Rica and elsewhere.

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Adult:  $2690. Prices given are for double occupancy. For single occupancy, please contact AOI.  Be advised that, because this tour is during the high season, prices for later registrations may vary. We will let you know before we finalize your registration if that should need to happen.

Children (7-11): $2190 (in same room as parents)

These prices include ALL meals and hotels (3-Star or better), transportation in the country including airport/hotel transfers, boat transportation, tram costs, and entrance fees to National Parks and all other sights. It also includes an experienced and professional bilingual Naturalist Guide and a Native Costa Rican tour coordinator who will accompany us to keep things running smoothly, as well as veteran Creation speakers and guides, Dave & Mary Jo Nutting. All tips are included. (These can be a great expense for tourists, but we have chosen to cover them.)

Download the 2018 Creation Vacation Registration Form.

Payment Schedule

This tour is limited to 24 participants, so we recommend that you register as soon as possible to reserve your place. Down payment of $1000/per person is due at the time of registration. The balance is due by Jan 15, 2018. Call AOI at 970-523-9943 Tuesday-Friday (9 AM – 5 PM) to register.

For a printable version of this information, see the Discover Creation Costa Rica Adventure PDF. A printout of this document would be a great way to present this trip as a gift to a loved one this Christmas!

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*Note: The sites, activities, and hotels mentioned above have been reserved for this tour. Hotels are classed as 3-Star or better — all with very good ratings. We reserve the right to substitute a site, activity, or housing with as close to comparable value as possible if deemed best by the tour coordinators.

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