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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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Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I was a little concerned that we were only staying in Samara and would not be traveling to different parts of Costa Rica. But we had an "awesome" experience with Alvero and Samara Trails. He is very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the wild life and flora and fauna of the area. We even got a little bit of... More

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Napa Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a great experience with a local guide. My parents and I (they are in their 70's!) hiked along with this guide and we fell in love with Samara and him! His knowledge and gentle ways were informative and inspiring. It's a beautiful hike filled with a lot of interesting facts about the local flora and fauna. We highly... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Alverro, the grandson of the owner of this property is a wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable guide. The tour runs about three hours and he sets a very nice pace throughout the hike. There are some steeper inclines, but we took some breaks along the way. It is so worth the walk, as the top of the trail has some amazing... More

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Long Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We did this wonderful hike on a Saturday morning with my family of ten( six adults and 4 kids age 17 to 5) and had a fantastic time. Alvaro,out guide, was extremely informative and was great with the kids. He paced the hike just right with nice breaks after the tougher uphill sections. You can really tell he cares about... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My boyfriend and I had really wanted to hike through the rainforest to cap off our amazing Costa Rica trip, and our hike with Alverro did not disappoint! Like the reviewers before me have said, Alverro is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable and the property is huge and absolutely gorgeous. This was definitely one of the top highlights of our... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Alvarro, the guide, is amazing. He really knows the lay of his land, and it was a fascinating hike. He got my son to try a termite and my friend's kid, who won't even eat salad at home, to chew on a leaf. Such a cool hike! If you go to Samara Beach, this was my favorite excursion of all... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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