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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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You won't regret doing this!

Alvaro picked us right up at 7am and we headed up to his family's reserve. The next several hours were chock full of interesting facts about the trees, animals, insects, plants... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Dereham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

we booked this when we arrived at our hotel in Playa Samara even though it was mothering Sunday Alvarro responded and organised a trip for us on the Monday. the trip was just the two of us which was good and the walk whilst strenuous was enjoyable and informative. brilliant views of the bay when we reached the top and... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Alvaro picked us right up at 7am and we headed up to his family's reserve. The next several hours were chock full of interesting facts about the trees, animals, insects, plants - many animal sightings (including a blood sucking bat - thankfully asleep!). My 5 and 8 year old kids found the hike fun (which is not normal!). The hike... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We made this tour with our 6 and 7 year old children and we enjoyed it very much. Alvaro is incredible knowledgeable about fauna and flora. Wear good shoes and be prepared to hike through the forest. The experience is just great!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I agree w all that has been said. He does a great job. His brother will also come to your place and make a meal only using local native ingredients. He came along to explain everything as his brother cooked. Wonderful experience

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Taking this tour was a great way to spend the morning before heading to the beach! Alvaro is very engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about his work. The reserve was beautiful. I love learning about plants, so getting to hear so much about the native trees and animals of the area was really fun for me. We saw motmots, lots of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I will always recommend this tour for those who plan to visit Samara. It is the real trip to learn about rain forest,local culture of Costa Rica and to learn about yourself too. The highlight must be the superb view from the mountain.

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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A nice hike with a great view on the top. very interesting and educational. With the nicest guide you can find... A must do....

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Our tour guide Albero really is passionate about his family's preserve. We learned so much about the area, preserving the rain forest and more. The view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking. We even tried the termites - tastes like woody carrots. Really! This is worth the time and effort to learn about conservation as well as get... More 

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New Carlisle, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Can't add anymore than has already been written. My 3 teens thought it was "good" & loved seeing the howler monkeys. My husband & I were very impressed w/ Alvaro's knowledge of Costa Rican nature & history. Great tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Alvaro is a terrific guide, knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and a lot of fun to be with. His tours are the perfect way to see the "old Costa Rica" jungle . He is prompt with his pickup for your tour, provides a great snack along the way and gives you the best view of the Samara bay... More 

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