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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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Wonderful hike

At the suggestion of a friend who has done this hike several times, we decided to explore the beauty of Costa Rica on this hike together. The hike, and our guide, Alvaro, did not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

At the suggestion of a friend who has done this hike several times, we decided to explore the beauty of Costa Rica on this hike together. The hike, and our guide, Alvaro, did not disappoint. His knowledge, passion and love of his homeland are evident. We saw beautiful wildlife and learned so much about the native habitat. The views from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Loved the opportunity to learn and interact with the natural world in Samara. Great guide and fantastic birding!

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Castle Pines, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was a great Tropical Forest tour and the third forest tour we’ve done in Costa Rica….. Cloud, Rain, and now Topical. All have been unique and the guides have all been so passionate and knowledgeable about their forest. This tour was even more special, because you could feel Alvaro’s genuine passion and knowledge that has been passed on by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Alvaro was so passionate and knowledgeable, made the whole hike even better. Awesome seeing the monkeys, tasting leaves, learning about nature. Easy enough hike. Whole trail last about 3.5 hours with breaks.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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