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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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Love Alvaro and his love of his country

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Toronto
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

At the suggestion of a friend who has done this hike several times, we decided to explore the beauty of Costa Rica on this hike together. The hike, and our guide, Alvaro, did not disappoint. His knowledge, passion and love of his homeland are evident. We saw beautiful wildlife and learned so much about the native habitat. The views from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Loved the opportunity to learn and interact with the natural world in Samara. Great guide and fantastic birding!

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Castle Pines, Colorado
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36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was a great Tropical Forest tour and the third forest tour we’ve done in Costa Rica….. Cloud, Rain, and now Topical. All have been unique and the guides have all been so passionate and knowledgeable about their forest. This tour was even more special, because you could feel Alvaro’s genuine passion and knowledge that has been passed on by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Alvaro was so passionate and knowledgeable, made the whole hike even better. Awesome seeing the monkeys, tasting leaves, learning about nature. Easy enough hike. Whole trail last about 3.5 hours with breaks.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Alvaro will be your guide and within minutes you will be captivated by his passion and knowledge about the Dry RainForest and his and his family's efforts to restore it. The hike is amazing, you will taste foods that grow, you may see howlers and rare birds and learn about the uses for countless trees and plants. And THEN you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We took this hike a day before we left the country. Big mistake on our part. Alvaro's intimate knowledge of the local flora and fauna is excellent. Armed with that knowledge we would have had a deeper appreciation of everything we saw on our own in the country. He is a perfect ambassador for this region. He has a deep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A great way to spend the morning. Alvaro was so knowledgable, and the forest and views were beautiful. Our kids did fine (8, 5, and baby in a back pack). I think it's probably a stretch for kids who are too big to be carried, but under 4 or so. Great experience!

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A young man named Alavar guides small groups on a hike through a private reserve not far from the beach. He speaks excellent English and is very knowledgable about biology, especially trees. This reserve was started by his grandfather and Alavar's passion for the subject makes this a genuine experience. One focus is edible and medicinal uses of trees, plants... More 

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