Discover Creation Costa Rica Adventure Tour

10 Beautiful Days in Costa Rica!

An Unforgettable Tour for Families or Individuals!


March 2023

Call AOI at 970-523-9943 to express interest so we can keep you posted or we can put you in contact with one of the AOI’s creation trained and official Costa Rican guides for a similar trip.


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This tour is not your ordinary “tourist” tour. Yes, you will see many popular sights that nobody would want to miss. Much more than that, you will go to places that will make you say:

“This is why I came to Costa Rica!”

You will see what most visitors would want to see AND be taken off the beaten track to experience more of the real Costa Rica. You will see volcanoes, beautiful rainforest environments, and 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 sights for you to explore even though they are in areas that cost AOI much more than the average typical tourist haunts.

  • Enjoy a safe aerial tram over rainforests (and/or a more adventurous multi-course zip line);
  • Take a boat trip to explore some fabulous mango 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 which is really off the beaten track and on the bucket list of even native Costa Ricans.

An experienced naturalist will accompany us on the whole trip to supply us with fascinating information and point out what most of us would miss without that expertise. Typical reptiles and mammals to see are several species of monkeys, coatimundis, sloths, tapirs (perhaps), peccary, iguanas, amazing frogs, sea turtles, crocodiles, jaguar? (at least in captivity-yes!)


Cost: $2690 per person (Note: This is the 2020 pricing. The 2022 pricing could vary.) What is included?

  • Most everything including ALL meals and high-quality hotels!
  • Transportation in the country including airport/hotel transfers.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, bus, boat transportation, tram costs, and other sights.
  • Experienced and professional bilingual Naturalist Guides.
  • A 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, but we even have them covered.)

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What is not covered?

  • Air travel to/from San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Trip cancellation insurance (recommended but not required).
  • Snacks, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Country Exit tax (likely included in airline ticket).
  • Camera and plenty of memory cards and batteries.

Daily Itinerary

Below is a detailed itinerary for the tour. Scroll through and click on the arrows for each day’s schedule.   *Subject to change, if necessary.*

Day 1 – 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 hotel. Our first official activity is our welcome and a great authentic Costa Rican restaurant dinner. This is followed by a tour overview and special program.  Hint: Get there plenty early so that you do not miss anything.  (Let us know if you wish for us to book an extra day for you at the start on March 6! If you arrive early, you can visit Zoo Ave, or several museums including the Jade museum, National Museum, Gold museum, etc.)

Lodging: City Express Hotel (2 nights)

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Day 1-2 – City Express Hotel  city-express

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Day 2 – Peace Waterfall and Butterfly Gardens

Breakfast at hotel. Our bus departs bright and early to visit Peace Waterfall and Gardens. See lush green farmland and countryside on the way. 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, hummingbirds galore, amazingly beautiful frogs at the reptile and amphibian gardens, live animal displays including the jaguar. Buffet style lunch in the Gardens. You won’t want to miss the butterfly garden which includes the evolution-defying Blue Morpho. Dinner and creation program/debriefing at your hotel culminate this packed first day. By this time, you may already wish you had brought extra or larger camera memory cards!

Lodging: City Express Hotel 

City Express Hotel

Day 1-2 – City Express Hotel city-express

Day 3– To the Quetzal Paradise and Guided Tour

After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and depart to the south via amazing scenery. After enjoying a great lunch and checking into our next hotel, you will participate in a nature hike on a reserve led by your expert naturalist guide and then have time to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.

Lodging: Paraiso de Quetzales

Paraiso de Quetzales

Day 3 – Lodging at Paraiso de Quetzales

Day 4 – Bird Watching and Depart to the Hotel Pelicano Region

The early bird sees the most birds!  So go on an early bird watch with your guide to see some of the many birds Costa Rica is famous for. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, prepare to enjoy great scenery and sites as we head through the Coto Brus Valley with lunch at a restaurant along the way. We are headed to the Hotel Pelicano area with a tour of a nearby coffee plantation! Your eyes will feast on a variety of scenery including famous rainforests.

Lodging: Hotel Pelicano

Day 5 – Botanical Gardens, Stone Spheres, and Mango Swamps

So, you are already 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. In route, tour the Botanical Gardens (Wilson) and visit the giant Stone Spheres Park where you will see huge stone spheres sculpted by the ancient natives of Costa Rica – an archaeological marvel. Soon afterwards, 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 cells.

Lodging: Rancho Corcovado

(We sure hope you still have camera memory left!)

Rancho Corcovado

Day 5-6 – Lodging at Rancho Corcovado

Day 6 – Snorkeling Caño Island and Guided Tour of Corcovado National Park

You think the days before were unforgettable? You are now in an area that is on the bucket list of a lot of Costa Ricans! A longer boat ride drops us off at a beach where your guide gives you a tour of a 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. Corcovado National Park also lays claim to being the most unspoiled costal rain forest in Central America. This area is also home to the gorgeous Scarlet and Blue Makaws – a fabulous bird to see. After lunch, we reboard our boat to the Isla Del Caño Biological Preserve located on a small island about 12 miles of 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, potential whales, and playful dolphins. This is an underwater paradise to enjoy God’s awesome Creation!

Lodging: Rancho Corcovado

Rancho Corcovado

Day 5-6 – Lodging at Rancho Corcovado

Day 7 – To Jacó Beach on the Central Pacific Coast

After Breakfast, we board our river tour boat for more mangrove swamps and monkey viewing as we head for the bus. We tour along a gorgeous coast past beautiful post card perfect scenery and beaches! Our destination is Jacó Beach where you will check into your hotel, relax at the beach, view a fossil site at that beach, and take in the sunset over the ocean, before walking back to the hotel for dinner and a creation program.

Lodging: Punta Leona Hotel (2 Nights)

Punta Leona Hotel

Day 7-8 – Lodging at Punta Leona Hotel

Day 8 – Aerial Tram Tour (Pacific/Jacó) or Just Beach it!

Close to Jaco beach, this safe aerial tram tour (for anyone) (and a multiple course zip line for the more adventurous) 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, then you can spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking in the sun and the sand, before seeing an amazing sunset, followed by dinner and program.

Lodging: Punta Leona Hotel

Punta Leona Hotel

Day 7-8 – Lodging at Punta Leona Hotel

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Day 9 – Aerial Tram Tour (Pacific/Jacó) or Just Beach it!

Depart Jacó via great scenery for San Jose via the popular Tárcoles River bridge. This is a famous site for safe viewing a lot of big crocodiles which sun themselves along the river. (We sure hope you still have camera memory left!) For the shoppers, our lunch spot has an amazingly large gift shop which will package and ship items to the U. S. We will arrive the hotel and go out for an exciting evening of food and Costa Rican style entertainment.

Lodging : City Express 

City Express

Day 9 – Lodging at City Express


Day 10 – ¡Adiós! (Sadly)

Transportation is included from your Hotel to the Airport. 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 . . .  if available, for a limited number of you who get their requests in early –

Join Dave and Mary Jo Nutting as they spend the next week (+) doing outreach creation ministry at Costa Rican universities, churches, and elsewhere.

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After the Tour…

Join Dave and Mary Jo Nutting as they spend the next week (+) doing outreach creation ministry at Costa Rican universities, churches, and elsewhere.

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(Note: This is the 2020 pricing. The 2023 pricing could vary.)

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 (7-14): $1990 (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 2022 Creation Vacation Registration Form and call the AOI Office at (970) 523-9943.

Payment Schedule

This tour is limited, 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 17, 2022. Call AOI at 970-523-9943 Tuesday-Friday (9 AM – 5 PM) to register.

For a printable version of this information, see the 2022 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 the hotels that have been reserved for this tour are rated as 3-Star or better — all with very good ratings. We reserve the right to substitute a hotel or add additional housing of as close to comparable value as possible if the need arises due to booking issues or for other reasons which are deemed best by the tour coordinators.

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