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Samara Trails

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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About Samara Trails
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 3-4 hours to complete - private hikes are completed at 7am or 3:00 pm and are led by experienced and bilingual guides.
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Guanacaste’s tropical dry forest is one of Central America’s most vulnerable ecosystems, home to a rich variety of wildlife including howler monkeys, deer, and parrots. On this guided hiking tour, stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve while your guide teaches you about the region’s wildlife and the history of indigenous people who once called these forests home. Your guide navigates, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery and spot native wildlife.
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Tedtoolbox wrote a review Dec 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Only minutes from Samara, but you feel like you are far from everything. Marlon was a great knowledgable guide who showed us the why Samara is a unique and special ecosystem. Hike includes some hills but should be manageable by most.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jason wrote a review Dec 2019
17 contributions1 helpful vote
We went on this guided nature hike on our visit to Samara and had a great time. They picked us up around 6:30 and we headed to Werner Sauter Biological Preserve. We went on about a three hour hike and learned about the dry forest ecology. Along the way, we saw howler monkeys and visited an overlook. It went a little over schedule and we didn’t get back until 11:30 or so, but overall it was a great day. I would definitely recommend to anybody staying in Samara who wants to learn about the local ecology, and see some wildlife.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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rogerh8808 wrote a review Dec 2019
Fort Collins, Colorado28 contributions4 helpful votes
Our tour turned out to be just the two of us on the day we went. They picked us up at our hotel at 6:30am and we were soon in the Werner Sauter Preserve, where the guide began with an introduction to the indigenous culture and history of the place. She most knowledgeably pointed out various plants, shrubs and trees- and their properties, uses, and relationships to other species. We saw (for us, unusual) butterflies and other insects, bats, birds,and of course, howler monkeys - including one who descended the tree to within a few yards of us. We also went up to a lookout point overlooking Pl. Samara. All this within about a three hour walking tour. Definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Louise M wrote a review Apr 2019
Sherbrooke, Canada9 contributions1 helpful vote
I took the morning tour (6:30) on April 6, 2019. Temperature is less hot at this hour, but still, the walk to the summit was pretty warm, although not too difficult. Our guide, Mirjana, proved to be very knowledgeable and passionate about everything around this beautiful territory: indigenous habits and lifestyle, fauna and flora, conservation, with a special interest in birds. We understood why this particular environment is such at it is, why it needs to be protected. And the walk in the dry trail, going from shelterd and protected areas to open, bright and sunny perspectives on the valley was just unique. If you stay in Samara, you will enjoy the beautiful beach daily but don't miss the opportunity to climb in the forest to discover an entire new world.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Lisa W wrote a review Feb 2019
Whitby, Canada49 contributions11 helpful votes
We had a fabulous morning with our guide Marlon. He was very knowledgeable. He made the hike fun and interesting. Would recommend.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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