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Samara Trails

Address: Mountain directly behind Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50688359040
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Ranked #1 of 25 Activities in Playa Samara
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Samara Trails is a trail system within the private 346 acre Werner Sauter Wildlife Refuge. The...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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.

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Alvaro was a super guide, extremely knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and the plants. Quite a bit of enjoyable walking so bring comfortable shoes, binoculars and a good camera with a flash as even in the daytime the shade of the trees make the flash a useful tool along with a good camera. Don't forget to bring lots of water.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We loved our trek with Alvara on Samara Trails! His excitement for nature was contagious. There was wildlife around every corner. We even got a chance to eat termites and plants along the way.

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Menlo Park, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Samara trails tour was exceptional, greatly thanks to Alvaro, the tour guide and owner of this business. He's so knowledgable there's no question he couldn't answer during our hike in the biological reserve. He showed us many cool plants and animals during a very pleasant hike (not strenuous at all). The final viewpoint was grandiose. It was very refreshing... More 

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Roseville, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The hike with Samara Trails was extraordinary. I bring students every year to Costa Rica and have been on many tours. This one was exceptional. Alvaro has a great accessible way for people to learn about the ecology of the tropical dry forest and is passionate about his restoration project. Plus Alvaro will pick you up at your hotel so... More 

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Waterdown, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I booked our tour based on the reviews on trip advisor, and it did not disappoint. We had our kids (6 and 4) with us and though a bit tiresome for our 4 yr old he was able to pull through. Once we reached the top view point and he got to sit down for a snack, he said it... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Our Samara Trails hike was wonderful! alvero was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, and extremely passionate about the wildlife. The sunset vista at the end was breath taking, and Alvero even provided delicious snacks! Very glad the owner of our excellent B&B LazDivaz suggested this to us.

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Connecticut
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We loved this! So insightful! I'd suggest doing this early in your stay that way you will know what you are looking at and have some knowledge about the flora and fauna of this gorgeous area. Alvaro, a biologist and incredible tour guide really knows his stuff. He's gregarious, funny and very nice to be around. He was very careful... More 

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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This hike is as advertised by the reviews here. If you remotely enjoy hiking, this is a must do while in samara. The hike is quite moderate with a lot of quick stops during which alvaro discusses and explains elements of nature in the area in wonderful detail. He explains the fauna and flora origin and influence on the native... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This guy does so important work for enviromental consciousnes - big prespect! Walk was very informative.

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Costa Rica
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a must do tour in Samara. Alvaro the guide takes you on a wonderful walk through the jungle explaining the history of the area, plant, insect and animal like. It is a moderate hike and perfect for all ages

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