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Samara Trails

Address: Mountain directly behind Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50688359040
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Type: Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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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London, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This was our second Samara Trails tour and we learned even more this time! Alvaro is a fabulous tour guide, so informative and entertaining and he has an eagle eye for spotting birds and wild life! We saw Mot mots close up and the manakin and an owl, so beautiful! If Alvaro hadn't been there to point them out, we... More 

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Maui, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

That's what the kids said! We recently hiked with Alvaro on a beautiful and clear Samara morning. His property winds up into the dry tropical forests of Samara where we were able to see creatures of all sorts. He shared his knowledge of every edible plant along the path as well as edible termites which our boys 8&10 gobbled up.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Super time with the guide Alvaro. Learned alot about the country and the region. Brings you to great views of the beach. I highly recommend this activity

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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This was my favorite activity in this area! Alvaro is a genuinely happy and nice guy who loves his country and wants to see its natural ecosystems thrive. For $35 each, he picked us up in Samarà and we got a lovely, and at times a bit challenging, hike through the forrest and mountainous area just outside of town. Alvaro... More 

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 reviews
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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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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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