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Samara Trails

Mountain directly behind Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Type: Hiking Trails
Owner description: Samara Trails is a trail system within the private 346 acre Werner Sauter Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is in Dry Tropical forest and contains various... more » Owner description: Samara Trails is a trail system within the private 346 acre Werner Sauter Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is in Dry Tropical forest and contains various species of plants and animals including monkeys, birds, mammals, and amphibians. The hike takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete - private hikes are completed at 7am or 3:30 pm and are led by the grandson of Werner Sauter, founder of the Wildlife Refuge. « less
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Excellent tours and great guides. Very helpful and informative. We enjoyed the Coffee Tour and the River Tour. Great to learn about Costa Rica's Natural elements from the people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The property is beautiful and the guide, Alvaro, is awesome! He's not only very knowledgable about the history of the region, the wildlife and sustainability, but he's clearly very passionate about all of it. The sunset views over Samara and Carrillo beaches are a must see. Thanks for the great tour Alvaro!!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If I would only do one activity in Sámara (besides hanging out on the beach!) this is the one I would do. With a small group and a local guide (biologist) you learn to understand a bit a about the place you're in, the nature and even a bit of history. The guide's English is spectacular and he adjusts the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Alvarro gave us an informative, interesting hike through the Conservation area. Demonstrations, displays and field talks were all great. The snacks and view at the top of the trail were wonderful. This is a great way to get a little deeper insight into the plants, animals, and history of the local environment.

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Colchester, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The tour was wonderful for getting a broader understanding and appreciation of the landscape and the people. Alvaro kept it interesting and engaging: who knew termites could taste good!

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Well worth taking the tour to see great views of the beach and learn a lot about the local ecosystem as well as history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Alvaro is a passionate informed guide. He is knowledgeable about the eco-system and the flora and fauna of Samara and Costa Rica. The views were amazing and we even spotted a family of howler monkeys. Kudos to Alvaro for his efforts to restore the natural vegetation and to preserve a part of the natural environment. This hike was an opportunity... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Had a great time! The nature walk is run by a biologist named Alvaro, and the entire hike was on a nature preserve owned by his grandfather. The tour runs at 7am and 3pm, and lasts around 3 hours. It's just a few minutes outside of Samara, so no long commutes either way. Alvaro was extremely knowledgeable about the local... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I decided to go on the Samara Trails tour at 7 am on a Saturday with six other young adults and our tour guide as I always like to know about the environmental and biological of where I am visiting. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the environmental effects of the area. I must tell you that I... More

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Albierto was a great guide, obviously very passionate about sharing his knowledge! We learned about the flora and fauna of the area, had a good hike and there was a fabulous view of Playa Samara on the walk. We even tasted a termite! Better than you would think :)

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