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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 28 Activities in Playa Samara
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
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, Sports
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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Waterdown, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
55 helpful votes 55 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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2 reviews
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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San Carlos, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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