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Adventure Costa Rica!

Explore one of the greenest countries on earth, both in vegetation and in philosophy: Costa Rica.

  • 7 Days
  • 37 Reviews Recommended by 35 of 37 travellers
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 9 - 20 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Adventure Costa Rica!

We’ll soar through the rainforest on a thrilling zip line and bike through the countryside, keep the adventure going and cycle near the base of Arenal Volcano, and let our thoughts wander as we drift with the current on a river safari. We’ll also sample the bounty of these lush lands – local coffee and delicious produce. And at day’s end, we’ll rest and relax in deluxe 4- and 5-star accommodations, indulging in our luxurious resorts’ spas and hot springs. It’s the ultimate Pura Vida!

Cultural Highlights

  • Get a closer look at rainforest wildlife as you soar through the canopy on a secure zip line
  • Ride though lush, lively scenery, past sugar cane, pineapple, and papaya trees
  • Unwind after a day on your bike in the Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Keep on the lookout exciting wildlife, as Costa Rica boasts more than 200 species of mammals
  • Taste freshly roasted coffee on a guided tour of the Doka Coffee Estate
  • Take a river safari on the Penas Blancas River to get another close-up view of Costa Rican flora and fauna

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain mixed with moderate hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. Ideal for energetic beginners to experienced cyclists.

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  •  5 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 12 meals – 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

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*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Pre-trip San Jose/Tortuguero is $495, single supplement is $345. 2015 Post-trip Manuel Antonio is $545, single supplement is $345.

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  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Services of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica

Upon arrival at the San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport, meet your complimentary hotel shuttle curbside outside the customs area. The driver will be holding a VBT sign or a Wyndham San Jose Herradura sign. Then transfer by minibus (approximately 5-10 minutes) to your hotel in the outskirts of San Jose.

The rest of the day is free to settle in and explore the city. Choose a restaurant for dinner on your own.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Our splendid San Jose hotel, Wyndham San Jose Herradura, is located just minutes from the International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from the center of the city. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in San Jose during your stay.

VBT Pre-Trip Extension guests: After breakfast, board a boat with your local Naturalist Guide and depart on the 1.5 to 2 hour trip to the dock area where a Service Guide and van driver will meet you for the drive back to San José (3-4 hours). Along the way you will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Upon arrival to San Jose enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure.

DAY 2: Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Zip line through rainforest canopy / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group at 8:00 am at our San Jose hotel (Wyndham San Jose Herradura, General Cañas Highway, 5 km. South from International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica; tel: +506 2209 9800). Trip Leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please be dressed for your first warm-up bicycle ride. From San Jose we transfer by private motor coach (approximately 20 minutes) to the site of our warm-up ride. If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled later than 8:00 am, or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi at your own expense to the Villa Blanca Cloud Forrest Hotel & Spa in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest near the town of San Ramon (approximately $100 USD). Please contact the hotel if any travel delays or changes; the staff will pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at your San Jose hotel at 8:00 am. Trip Leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please be dressed for your first warm-up bicycle ride. From San Jose we transfer by private motor coach (approximately 45 minutes) to the site of our warm-up ride.

This morning participate in a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride. After our warm-up ride, we follow “the route of the Ox-Cart” as we shuttle to the historical town of San Ramon, which is home to many Costa Rican presidents and well known poets. After a brief stop, we continue to our included lunch spot, located in a cloud forest. This afternoon we enjoy the thrill of a canopy tour, ascending high into the treetops and soaring through the canopy on a secure zip-cable line. It's an experience unlike any other, and a great way to get a magnificent view of wildlife in the rainforest.

Later we transfer (approximately 30 minutes) to the nearby Los Angeles Cloud Forest and the conservation-focused Villa Blanca Resort, one of the elite “Green Hotels of Costa Rica.” Villa Blanca strives for absolute guest comfort while maintaining the highest standards of respect for its natural surroundings. Villa Blanca was given a “5-leaf” rating by the Certification Board of Sustainable Tourism, their highest score. Tonight, we enjoy a satisfying dinner at El Sendero, the resort's restaurant.

Get to know your fellow travelers over a welcome reception and dinner tonight at the resort.

REMINDER: It can be cool in the evenings and on cloudy days at the elevations visited on this trip. You will want to have a lightweight layer of warm clothing for travel in any month of the year.

DAY 3: Cycle to foothills of Arenal Volcano / Tabacon Resort's hot springs

Those interested may join expert naturalists on an optional early morning guided bird-watching expedition through the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Costa Rica is home to an estimated 840 bird species, so we will be treated to a variety of unusual sightings, such as the brown pelican, toucan and macaw. We might even spot the elusive, resplendent quetzal.

After breakfast this morning, we will shuttle to the start of today's ride. From here we cycle through the northern lowlands close to the Arenal Volcano. Arenal is also the youngest volcano in Costa Rica; it erupted for the first known time around 7,000 years ago. We cycle through small towns on paved paths and across rushing rivers to the foothills of Arenal Volcano, which are dotted with yucca, pineapple and papaya farms. We will stop for our included lunch in the town of La Fortuna. After lunch, continue your ride or shuttle to our nearby resort for the next two nights.

This evening gather with your leaders at the thermal springs of our hotel Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Enjoy the remainder of your evening at the hot springs before dining on your own at one of the resort's fine restaurants. Your leaders will also offer a shuttle to La Fortuna if you prefer to dine in town this evening.

Please note that Arenal Volacano has been dormant since 2010 and therefore most likely will not be active during your visit.

DAY 4: Lake Arenal ride / Evening in La Fortuna

Costa Rica's largest lake, Lake Arenal, offers scenic riding and an especially picturesque shore. The lake is a popular destination for windsurfing, fishing, kayaking and boating, as well as shoreline hiking, horseback riding and cycling.

This morning we will enjoy a relaxing boat excursion on Lake Arenal. From the lake we'll admire rolling fields and forests, and get a different perspective of the towering Arenal Volcano. Though you might never know by its serene appearance, Lake Arenal is crucial to Costa Rica's energy production, providing almost 70% of the country's electricity. The Lake Arenal hydroelectric dam, completed in 1979, tripled the lake basin's size to about 33 square miles. Disembarking in the town of Nuevo Arenal, we will enjoy a morning ride along the lake's scenic northern shore back to our resort, or to a nearby restaurant where you may enjoy lunch on your own.

Later this afternoon, enjoy the hot springs and spa of your 5-star resort. As a guest of the Tabacano Resort, you are entitled to unlimited access to the hot springs at any time during your stay. Dinner tonight is included, so meet your leaders for a quick shuttle into La Fortuna where you will dine in one of the town's restaurants.

DAY 5: Morning ride / Peñas Blancas River wildlife safari

Today, we cycle to a boat launch for a peaceful river-rafting safari on the Peñas Blancas River, where we'll be on the lookout for some of Costa Rica's diverse wildlife. The crystal-clear waters of the Peñas Blancas are fed by surrounding cloud forests in adjacent Monteverde. We'll drift by lush rainforest, volcanic hot springs and cascading waterfalls.

Truly a mesmerizing journey, the sights and sounds of the natural world surround us as we float through the rainforest. Our river guide points out examples of Costa Rica's abundant and varied creatures such as lizards, sloths, monkeys, toucans, herons and kingfishers, as well as native plants. This is an ideal opportunity to photograph wildlife, plants and even butterflies up close. Before we return to land, you'll understand more fully that Costa Rica's landscape and wildlife are among the most diverse on Earth—and so valued that more than a quarter of the country's land has been set aside for conservation.

Later this afternoon we will shuttle back to cooler altitudes and Costa Rica's central valley.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure at our resort.

You may wish to have a pair of water shoes or casual sandals for the rafting trip.

DAY 6: Coffee / Poás Volcano / Doka Estate Coffee

This morning a shuttle transports us to Poás Volcano, which has seen only occasional eruptions since 1828. We have time to explore before cycling down its slopes on smooth paved roads to the charming farm town of Poasito.

Here, we stop to visit a family-owned fruit stand where we'll taste some of Costa Rica's sweetest strawberries and discuss local agricultural practices with the farmers. Then shuttle to Doka Estate Coffee Farm, Costa Rica's largest family-owned coffee plantation. The estate is located in Costa Rica's “Coffee Capital,” Sabanilla de Alajuela. We enjoy a tour of the award-winning farm and mill, learning about the coffee-brewing tradition of chorrear and tasting some of the estate's fresh-roasted coffees.

Return to our resort by bicycle or shuttle.

This evening we gather for a festive farewell dinner in a nearby home, hosted by a local couple, Manrique and Lorena.

DAY 7: Depart for U.S. / Begin optional Pacific Coast Extension

Enjoy a leisurely morning at your resort with a swim in one of its pools, a spa treatment or walks through beautiful tropical gardens.

In the late morning, we transfer to the San Jose airport for our post-extension flight to Manuel Antonio. Those flying home today will transfer to the nearby Juan Santamaria International Airport throughout the day. For guests with later afternoon flights, you will need to check out of your room at 12:00 pm and will have leisure time and lunch on your own at the resort prior to your airport transfer.

NOTE: There is a departure tax that needs to be paid upon departing Costa Rica. The tax must be paid at the airport in U.S. dollars or Costa Rican currency, or by credit or debit card. The current tax is $29 USD per person. VBT recommends that this be paid in cash as using a debit or credit card will incur additional fees.

VBT No-Air Package and Air Package guests: We will assist you to the San Jose airport, and you'll fly back to the U.S. late this afternoon. Flight departures from San Jose airport prior to 3:00 pm are not recommended; those departing earlier must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel at their own expense.

VBT Post-Trip Extension guests: You will fly from San Jose to Quepos on the Pacific Coast. Please note that you are only allowed ONE piece of luggage and your luggage cannot exceed 30 pounds. Please visit here for all luggage guidelines and restrictions. Your leaders will provide you with your flight confirmation and details about your transfers. Additional luggage may be stored in San Jose at the Wyndham San Jose Herradura hotel for your return to San Jose on your last night. Upon landing in Quepos you will transfer to your hotel overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet to help you explore on your own. It includes information and recommendations for your independent stay at the Si Como No Resort & Spa.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

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Accommodations

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Situated on 146 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, the lodge fronts the Tortuguero River and is approximately 10 minutes by boat to the village of Tortuguero. The gardens and surrounding rain forest attract an abundance of natural wildlife. The Lodge's restaurant and bar are riverfront allowing for peaceful meals while witnessing the constant movement of the river activities. The kitchen prepares a daily fixed menu with various options delighting guests with local dishes served in creative ways. Meals are served either family style at your table or individually plated for more intimate dining. The chef is happy to accommodate special requests as well. Designed to blend into the river environment, the infinity pool features an environmentally-friendly purification system that uses an undetectable amount of salt instead of commercial chlorine. Our accommodations are the “Downstairs River View Terrace Rooms”. All rooms have private bathroom with solar heated hot water shower, a ceiling fan, in-room safe, alarm clock, free wireless internet, hair dryer, two in-room wicker chairs and a small table. Rooms have almost as much window space as wall space; all windows are screened, they do not have glass allowing guests to listen to the sounds of the rainforest. Each room has a front porch sitting area and hammock with views towards the river. Rooms do not have air conditioning but there are ceiling fans and additional floor fans for guests requiring cooler conditions.

Wyndham San Jose Herradura

Located just outside of San Jose, The Wyndham San Jose Herradura is close enough to be very convenient to the city, but far enough off that tranquility awaits you at the end of your days of exploration. The hotel is 4-star resort that offers numerous ways to add to your Costa Rican vacation. Enjoy the golf course, tennis courts, floral gardens, pools, Jacuzzis or three onsite restaurants when you relax and unwind at The Wyndham San Jose Herradura.
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Si Como No

Located in Manuel Antonio National Park, a veritable treasure-chest of natural beauty, Si Como No is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, inviting soft sand beaches and rivers well suited for rafting. The hotel enhances its guests’ experience by offering a full array of activities – guided excursions into Manuel Antonio National Park, mangrove and ocean kayaking, horseback riding, tours to its nearby butterfly and private nature refuge (“Fincas Naturales”), world-class sportfishing, and white-water rafting. The hotel’s 58 rooms are distributed within 10 separate terraces located on 10 acres of protected tropical forest. Each room has a well-appointed bathroom and fully stocked minibar. Most rooms also have private balconies, direct-dial telephones and energy-efficient air-conditioning. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
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Villa Blanca Cloud Forrest Hotel & Spa

This venerable hotel has received a major facelift recently. Formerly owned and operated by an ex-president of Costa Rica and his family, this lodge is now part of a new group of "Green Hotels." Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Spa includes 35 well-appointed, renovated adobe casitas. Each one features a fireplace and overlooks 3,000 acres of dairy pastures and pristine tropical cloud forest. Hacienda House rests on the main hilltop, where you can snack on freshly baked breads and pastries at El Cafe del Bosque or play a game of chess or billiards in El Mirador de Los Angeles salon. The charming restaurant, El Sendero, offers fine country-style dining. WiFi is available for free in the lobby and in the guest rooms at an additional cost.
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Reviews
  • Beautiful countryside, excellent leaders, variety, educational & fun!

    This was my first VBT tour and extended trip out of the US and it totally exceeded my expectations! The pace of the day's activities was perfect: busy, but not exhausting. The accommodations were just lovely and charming. The leaders were knowledgeable, full of interesting facts about Costa Rica, and made the trip very fun. The biking was challenging, but not defeating. I loved the mix of visiting popular tourist places and visiting in the homes of Costa Rican families. Wonderful.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 29, 2014
    Posted by: Austin64
    From: Cortez, CO 81321, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great Trip

    Fairly easy biking, though some hills are a challenge if you're not in good shape for biking. More downhills than uphills. I'm always concerned about about food since I'm vegetarian, but there was no problem. Good, healthy food! As others note, the roads are sometimes in bad shape which just means slowing down in places. Some routes had more traffic than I'd like, but since I'm used to driving around traffic, it wasn't bad. I would have preferred more biking, but they gave what they advertised, so I can't really complain. The extra activities were nice - a sedate raft ride, some zip lining. The hotels were great.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 01, 2014
    Posted by: Artlm2002
    From: San Jose, CA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tour guides were great. They really wanted to please their travelers.

    Costa Rica is a must go. The riding was tougher than I imagined so train before you go. The roads we rode were not in very good shape and the traffic comes rather close to you but there is a lot of downhill riding. The food was fresh, amazing and plentiful. The accommodations were spectacular to say the least and I've stayed in some nice places in my lifetime. The side trips were well planned and very enjoyable. Zip Lining was the best and a fabulous way to start our adventure. The finale dinner hosted at a Costa Rican home was a nice way to finish the tour. VBT knows how to please!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: March 27, 2014
    Posted by: Chrissy
    From: Orlando, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great tour guides and fun activities but a little pricey for the length of trip.

    I chose this particular tour as the daily mileage for biking seemed reasonable and there were other activities such as zip lining and rafting that sounded fun. The biking turned out to be more difficult than I had expected due to the hilliness of the terrain...even though the trip was billed as 'moderately' challenging. The hotels we stayed in were beautiful....almost too much so....as I'm sure they accounted for much of the cost of the trip. Our itinerary really didn't allow us to fully enjoy all the amenities of the hotels which was disappointing. All in all, I felt as if this trip was pretty expensive for the actual time we spent touring as it really only included 5 days since our last day was pretty much spent getting to the airport for the return trip.

    Posted on: February 26, 2014
    Posted by: alpacagirl
    From: Wisconsin
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • First of hopefully many vbt trips

    Costa Rica is a beautiful country and vbt tours is a great way to see it. We had a fun group ranging in age from 25 to 81. I enjoyed the variety of activities. A day of zip-lining in the clouds and biking through the country followed by an evening of relaxing in the natural hot springs. We saw crocodiles and howler monkeys while rafting and several local birds that our guides pointed out while boating on Lake Arenal. The accommodations were excellent and the guides were very knowledgeable about local culture, history and politics. We took our adult children and the variety was good for all of us. We have already signed up for our next vbt tour!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 09, 2013
    Posted by: Johnson5
    From: Minneapolis, MN
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Costa Rica: sweat by day; sweet by eve

    You will not regret this trip. Luxurious accommodations and spectacular riding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: February 28, 2013
    Posted by: Agingbiker
    From: Flint, MI, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Zippity Do Daaaaaa

    This trip was lots of fun!! The biking was challenging and very rewarding, the hotels were lovely, the guides were great and Costa Rica is a beautiful country that's well worth visiting. My personal favorite was doing the zip line. It was an incredible experience!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 19, 2012
    Posted by: KurlyQ
    From: Bedford, NH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Challenging, exciting yet extremely relaxed vacation where I felt I did not have to think.

    Each day was filled with fun, exciting sites, sounds and riding. I had an opportunity to meet wonderful new travelers and 4 fanatastic tour operators. At times when I sit in my office I still remember and embrace all the fantastic moments and wish I were back riding those "rolly polly" hills.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 28, 2012
    Posted by: DonnaB
    From: New Britain, CT
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Don't Even Hesitate, Just Go!!!

    This was our fifth trip with VBT and, as much as we thought the past tours were all the best ever, our VBT experience in Costa Rica was incredible! Views of volcanos from our resort balcony, biking through rain forests, raft floating down the river watching for alligators below and monkeys above us, the swim up bar in the hot water pool...Immense beauty, great bike guides, warm weather AND, wow!, what a FUN ZipLine Experience!!! GO on this trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 28, 2012
    Posted by: 1Linda
    From: Orange County, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Never knew Costa Rica is this amazing!

    This is our 2nd VBT tour and it came with all the usual VBT excellence. Tour guides (5!) were fantastic with their kindness, patience and humor. Fellow tourists were amazing. Cycling was fantastic. Food! I never knew Costa Rica food is this good! Hotels, zip lines, walking tour, everything was well thought out and nicely done. We are planning our 3rd VBT tour and hope to do all of them. Then we start over again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 17, 2012
    Posted by: huffin2puffin
    From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This is a fully loaded tour with activities and adventures for everyone!!

    If you're looking for a vacation that is fun, filled with laughter, good people, adventure and good coffee - this is the tour for you! We did the pre-trip to panama and had an amazing experience hiking throughout the jungle, and I even had a wild White Capuchin Monkey eat from my hand! Costa Rica was amazing. It was so beautiful everywhere we went. We would bike during the day, with other activities mixed into the day. My favorite day was when we biked to a boat launch and then were able to relax down the Penas Blancas River on rafts. The Wild Life you are able to see is incredible. The people of Costa Rica were some of the nicest people I have met while vacationing. The Zip Line was AMAZING!!! What a great way to end the day by "flying" over the beautiful landscape of the Rain Forest!! If you are looking for an incredible vacation filled with activity, beautiful hotels fitting within the landscape, and great people - then you've found it!! The only planning you'll need to do is book this tour and start counting down the days until your departure!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 04, 2012
    Posted by: Alica
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent introduction to the country's beauty, culture, and people

    Bicyclists on this multifaceted tour experienced both the culture and wildlife through a variety of activities including riding through the countryside where monkeys called from the trees and friendly people said hello, rafting down a river through the jungle and seeing many birds, a crocodile, and bats, visiting a coffee plantation and hot springs, enjoying the deluxe accommodations and gourmet food, and learning all about the country from the knowledgeable tour guides. All that a zip line over the jungle. It was a fabulous experience that I recommend highly.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2012
    Posted by: Sue45
    From: Plymouth, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Incredible lodging in the clouds

    Cloud forests and rain forests dazzled us, and we delighted in learning about exotic birds, plants, animals, and amazing leaf-cutter ants--more biodiversity than we could imagine. Other VBT tours focus on more exquisite cycling (on better roads), but this tour offers some thrilling descents and ascents and makes up for the pot holes by offering zip line tours, walking opportunities, and an unforgettable river float with howler monkeys. Local tour guides helped us learn about and appreciate the environment and history of Costa Rica and the country's commitment to health, education, and sustainability...and no army. Meals were bountiful, and we learned to enjoy plantains in ways we couldn't have imagined. Our bicycling tour guides rocked!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2012
    Posted by: JoeJose
    From: Williamsburg, VA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Costa Rica

    This was our first VBT tour and we were very happy with the itenerary, accomodations and guides! Costa Rica is very appealling to all ages.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 24, 2012
    Posted by: Nanny58grammie
    From: rockford, MI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A Tropical Feast for the Senses

    My favorite things about this tour were listening to the exotic birds and monkeys from my beautiful room, looking at the diverse array of flora that abounds in this country,eating the freshest of mango and papaya, zipping, rafting and pedaling through the cloud forest. It's a spectacular way to experience Costa Rica!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2012
    Posted by: LauraN
    From: St. Louis, MO
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A great surprise

    Never realized the diversity of costa rica.....what a beautiful country....and what a great way to experience it....on a bike trip with VBT....a special time with terrific leaders and great value....

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: gabagg
    From: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • gorgeous scenery in three different locations/climate zones!

    Moderately challenging for me at age 70, with the altitude and hilly terrain, but one of the guides stayed with me as I trailed behind on one afternoon ride. The accommodations were lovely. I only wished we had a bit more 'down time' to be able to enjoy the last two hotels and grounds.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: jude
    From: Kalamazoo, MI
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • this tour has amazing inns

    we could not have a better experience of Costa Rica! The inns were just amazing, luxurious and with lots of local characer at the same time. Our guides fun and and well trained to assist us. It was very interesting to meet and talk with them - we learned a lot about the country. We have incredible memories of riding down a volcano - something you do not do everyday ! - and through local villages with cheerful children waiving at us. A local opened his large umbrella one day it was pouring rain and held it open until the rain stopped after about 5 minutes. Costa Rica offers a lot and your tour gave me the chance of tasting a bit of everything. PURA VIDA!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: kAthy1010
    From: Vermont, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A great Costa Rican Adventure!

    Would have rated this trip "excellent" if the 5 Leaders had not let two of us (including myself) get lost on the first day out. After the warm-up ride they let us do an impromptu ride back to Xandari (which is a wonderful place) and another women and myself missed the turn to the hotel because not one of the 5 guides were waiting at the turn! After about an hour lost, someone decided to come and find us. Not a good beginning. The rest of the trip improved however and we ended up having a fabulous time. The biking was incidental to our adventure as the roads in Costa Rica are awful and the bikes were heavy and clunky. We loved the ziplining, the rafting down the river, the wildlife, the coffee plantation, etc! The last ride seemed so dangerous up a road with trees growing in the mddle, pot holes everywhere and in a fog in the cloud forest that we decided to for go the last ride (which we would never do on any other VBT trip) and went horseback riding. Having been on three previous VBT bike trips (Spain, Tuscany, and Province), I didn't not find this trip typical of your others. All's well that ends well and it did with our Finale in Manuel Antonio...loved Si Como No. In fact all the accomodations were wonderful and we really enjoyed the pre-trip in Panama.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: LES13
    From: Croton on Hudson, NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Exotic Rainforest

    This trip was a great blend of biking and other outdoor activities. The biking was scenic and adventurous, but you also get to zipline, visit hotsprings and volcanos and go on an animal life viewing river raft. Costa Ricans are incredibly warm people and are very proud of their country. They are very happy to share their culture with you. All of my encounters with locals on this trip really showed this to be true.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: TravelTrey
    From: Long Island, New York, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The trip was very diverse.

    Each hotel we visited had a different flavor and atmosphere. The sites we visited were interesting and the VBT leaders were fun and informative. I learned so much about the culture and history of Costa Rica. It was an unexpected pleasure.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Kathy19
    From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Another fantastic VBT Tour for us!

    We've traveled with VBT 3 times and are planning our 4th VBT vacation right now! As each VBT trip has surpassed our expectations, we wouldn't consider touring with another company. In Costa Rica, as always, VBT selected wonderul hotels for us, kept us as busy as we wanted to be not only with stunning cycling routes but rafting, a canopy tour, and visits to off-beat spots we'd never find on our own. Too, our guides, local to Costa Rica, were bright, energetic, warm hosts who shared much about their culture, making certain we had a memorable time.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: svasbe
    From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Challenging but Rewarding...

    ...this ride is for more seasoned cyclists. Costa Rica is the Garden of Eden -- more birds, flowers, tropical forests than practically anywhere else on earth. The inns are nestled in the forest or tucked within the clouds on the mountain. This is truly a trip for those who love nature. The cycling is challenging, but rewarding. The river rafting and zip lining are a thrill, too!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: NancyK
    From: Evanston, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great bicycling!

    My second trip to Costa Rica - but not my last! Wonderful bicycling - wish the weather would have cooperated more! But still extremely enjoyable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: PlainJane
    From: Dallas, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Rain Forest at its best

    Costa Rica was abundant with lush foilage and amazing animals due to the weather. The accomodations were excellent and we experienced many different types of housing, each one better than the last. The staff at the hotels were so accomodating since we needed to use their dryers almost daily. The food was always local and very delicious. Cannot say enough about our guides. We had 2 of the best. They were knowledgable and caring and ensured everyone in our group had the best experience possible. Our diver and the coach were wonderful as well as the mechanic in the "red vulture". Our group was the most cohesive group I ever experience on a VBT trip and that made the experience even more memorable. Thank you to all

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Actor
    From: Pennsylvania, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The tour was informative with wonderful diversity

    The native tour guides were very friendly and informative about the culture and history of their country. The flow of the tour kept us busy from the time we ate breakfast until the evening when we ate dinner. Even though this was a bicycle tour we enjoyed various other diverse events such as zip lining, river rafting, and a coffee plantation tour. Their were some optional events that you could do on your own that I always take advantage of such as horse back riding at one of the resorts. The guides were good at exposing us to some native foods when we took rest stops at local villages, I loved the local hot tomale and cheese at one of the stops. When was the last time that you enjoyed an evening in a spring fed volcanic hot pool with mixed drinks and observing monkeys in the trees overhead!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Alan
    From: Pittsburgh, PA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A wonderful way to see Costa Rica

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time with VBT. While the riding distances were fairly short that was fine because there was so much to see and do in Costa Rica. The guides and other participants were delightful and I left with a taste to see more of Costa Rica.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Bicycleboy
    From: Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour is very exotic.

    Riding down a volcano is something I never imagined I would ever do and enjoy as I did. The diversity of the tour which included zip-lining, rafting and visiting the exotic jungles of Costa Rica was was great to do during the non-bicycle time. The biking was diverse since we did Panama as well were we stayed in a Hotel in the middle of the Canal, How is that for "unique".

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Carlos
    From: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Multi Sport is the Keynote

    We loved this trip for the country but even more for the variety of activities provided. We cycled, we zip-lined, we rafted. In short, we had a ball. Would recommend doing this trip during the dryer months.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Earl123
    From: Pittsburgh
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This is a unique experience.

    This trip had some unique features with the zipline through the rainforest. We stood on a landing and watched the monkeys in the trees around us. The beautiful wildlife and fabulous fresh fruit were amazing.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Anita12
    From: Bentonville, AR, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Loved the Shadow Mountain area.

    All accommodations were great. The air was so clean that I was energized. Scenery was perfect. I learned a lot about Costa Rica and would love to explore more of the country.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Diana
    From: Illinois
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fantastic!

    Beautiful country, knowledgable and friendly guides, great biking, enough down time to explore and sight-see

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Nancifer
    From: Baltimore, md
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A trip to the rain forest....

    Bicycling down a volcano, through farms of cattle and fields of banana trees and stopping in small villages to get a taste of the life of the Ticos who live there. A trip I will always remember!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Marcia1031
    From: Fairfield, cT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The tour had great scenery!

    I love the adventure Costa Rica. This was my second trip with VBT and would certainly recommend it to a friend. The accommodations were plush and inviting. The food was fabulous and the trip leaders made it fun and educational as well. I love the places we went to..the mountains, rain forests, and I also love visiting the home of the man with the bird sanctuary. The natural state of Costa Rica made me want to come back again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Esther437
    From: Long Beach, New York
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • too much togetherness

    There wasnt enough freed time. It was too structured for my taste.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: bren
    From: Minneapolis, mn
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Loved the zip line and lake tour. Plus the accommodations were first-rate.

    Despite some mechanical issues with my VBT bike, it was a great tour. Drinks at night watching the Arenal volcano erupt will not be forgotten soon.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: wildside9
    From: Lebanon, NH, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.

    Costa Rica is a gorgeous country with a wide variety of climates, flora and fauna. The bicycle riding was easy to moderate as advertised. We had a spectacular day on top of the Poas Volcano, with a quick and fun ride down the mountain roads. I found the roads in Costa Rica to be not as accommodating to bicycles as some of the locations in Europe that VBT offers, but the friendly people, fresh fruits and vegetables and amazing wildlife that we viewed made up for it. I would recommend this trip more as a great way to see this country, than a great riding experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2012
    Posted by: kaptainken
    From: Rochester, NY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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