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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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DO NOT MISS THIS!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This tour is not to be missed if you love trees, birds and want to see a spectalular high up view of Playa Samara and Isla Chora, and don't mind a light sampling of exercise in terms of hiking, but there are lots of stops and resting spots so keep you from overheating too much. When you first start you... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was a nice nature hike that was also informative. Alvaro runs the show, and he's incredibly knowledgeable about native plants and animals -- and he's passionate about taking care of the earth now and in the future. Some tips so that you can enjoy this: 1) Bring water. 2) Use bug spray. 3) Cash only tour so make sure... More 

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Valdez, Alaska
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited Playa Samara in December, and the hike with Alvaro was the highlight of our stay there. The hike was not difficult, and Alvaro made frequent stops to impart his knowledge of the plants, trees and birds that we saw along the way. We also heard and saw howler monkeys in the jungle. Alvaro was personable and very enthusiastic!... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A great hike and very informative. He really shares his enthusiasm for nature. I would say suitable for over 10 years as well. Nice snack at the top while you enjoy the great view

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Knowlton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This tour is so interesting our family of four went twice. The guide, Alvaro, is highly knowledgeable and passionate and kept our two girls' attention (ages 8 and 10) plus that of another family with three kids (ages 6 through 9) for the entire walk. We learned an enormous amount and were happy to support Alvaro's conservation efforts by buying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This tour was great. We booked directly via their website (E-Mail) and were answered promptly. We were picked up at the agreed-upon time (sharp); the walk was beautiful, the guide was very knowledgeable and hinted at birds, insects and spiders, and plants and trees. He let the group know which plants and seeds could be eaten and prepared some for... More 

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