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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Not developed and very touristy. Although our guide was excellent and native to the area. There was really no place that served food, other than Leyenda Hotel, that we felt was safe to eat.

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

One of the few "must do" excursions. This is informative, fun and a really nice walk. Bring camera, long sleeves and comfortable shoes.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I booked this hike for my family based on the Trip Advisor reviews and was glad I did! Alvaro is an excellent guide - we travelled as a family (2 adults, 2 kids aged 8 and 10). We all really enjoyed the hike. Thank you Alvaro for a fantastic morning - my son is already asking about coming back and... More

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Palo Alto, California
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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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5 attraction reviews
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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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4 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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