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Address: Mountain directly behind Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50688359040
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Description: Samara Trails is a trail system within the private 346 acre Werner Sauter...
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.
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A Special Treat in Samara

This hike with Alvaro was a treat indeed! He picked up our group of 5 at our hotel, then took us to his grandfather's beautiful reserve in the Samara forest. There, he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This hike with Alvaro was a treat indeed! He picked up our group of 5 at our hotel, then took us to his grandfather's beautiful reserve in the Samara forest. There, he introduced us to all the plants, trees, animals, birds and insects as we ventured on trails that he has been maintaining. The view at the top is spectacular...you'll... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We had such a great time on this tour! Saw Howler Monkeys and amazing birds. Learned so much about the area! Not to be missed!!!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Alvaro took us along with a few others on a nature hike in the jungle area near the Sámara beach area. Alvaro is not your typical guide as he is not only invested in the land through family (his grandfather owns the land and he is a great character to meet if you get the chance) but also seems to... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

It was such a treat to have the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape of this nature reserve with our guide Alvaro, whose grandfather owns the land. His expertise and devotion to all aspects of the delicate ecosystem were so inspiring and we loved learning about all of the plants and animals that inhabit it. And the spectacular aerial view... More 

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Repentigny, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We were looking for a nature reserve not to far from Tamarindo. Samara is about 2h away and Samara trails had good reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. Alvaro, the grand-child of the owner of the reserve was our guide. He brings to the tour a lot of interesting facts about the forest, plants, birds and animals in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

We took a beautiful morning hike thru the jungle of Samara by our guide, Alvaro, whose grandfather owns this nature preserve. He was very knowledgeable on his country, the plant and animal life and the preservation of the native fauna. We tasted plants, termites and he pointed out many various species along our hike. We all enjoyed our time with... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

If you are in the area, put this on your list. Alvaro was a fantastic guide though the hills of samara. We hiked for about 2.5 hours with our boys 8 &.11. We saw tons of monkeys, birds, frogs, iguanas, owls and even a coral snake and nearly stepped on a boa constrictor. We learned so much about the land... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We took a two hour hike nature walk with Alvaro. It was done on our last day, and it was wonderful to have someone explain the plants, and both the quiet and the loud birds. So hard to find without experience. Of the three tours we did, this was both the best, and the best price. Alvaro was both engaging... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We spend an afternoon with Alvaro who really knows his country. He also is very passionate about his land, as well, informative about the animals and bird he has around him. At the end of the hike up 72 floors, he provides a refreshing snack of pineapple and watermelon and organic granola bars.

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Costa Rica is a special place because of it's natural beauty and ecosystems. Sadly, many of it's coastal (tropical) forests are being cut down by tree farmers and cattle ranchers. This 2-3 hour hike, guided by Alvaro is not only educational but inspiring. Alvaro carefully presents the history of the land and shows the impact that unsustainable practices have on... More 

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Address: Address: Mountain directly behind Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50688359040
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

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