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Samara Trails

Address: Mountain directly behind Playa Samara, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50688359040
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Ranked #2 of 27 Activities in Playa Samara
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
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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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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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

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Costa Rica
11 reviews 11 reviews
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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San Carlos, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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