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Samara Trails

| Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0920
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Samara Trails Including Werner Sauter Biological Reserve
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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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“great hike” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0920
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Reviewed June 28, 2015

It was such a treat to have the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape of this nature reserve with our guide Alvaro, whose grandfather owns the land. His expertise and devotion to all aspects of the delicate ecosystem were so inspiring and we loved learning...More

1  Thank AlexLovesSunshine
Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for a nature reserve not to far from Tamarindo. Samara is about 2h away and Samara trails had good reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. Alvaro, the grand-child of the owner of the reserve was our guide. He brings to...More

2  Thank Jean-Francois C
Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

We took a beautiful morning hike thru the jungle of Samara by our guide, Alvaro, whose grandfather owns this nature preserve. He was very knowledgeable on his country, the plant and animal life and the preservation of the native fauna. We tasted plants, termites and...More

Thank Wella1965
Reviewed May 30, 2015

If you are in the area, put this on your list. Alvaro was a fantastic guide though the hills of samara. We hiked for about 2.5 hours with our boys 8 &.11. We saw tons of monkeys, birds, frogs, iguanas, owls and even a coral...More

4  Thank John T
Reviewed May 28, 2015

We took a two hour hike nature walk with Alvaro. It was done on our last day, and it was wonderful to have someone explain the plants, and both the quiet and the loud birds. So hard to find without experience. Of the three tours...More

2  Thank John H
Reviewed May 13, 2015

We spend an afternoon with Alvaro who really knows his country. He also is very passionate about his land, as well, informative about the animals and bird he has around him. At the end of the hike up 72 floors, he provides a refreshing snack...More

1  Thank SaraJaneC5
Reviewed May 7, 2015

Costa Rica is a special place because of it's natural beauty and ecosystems. Sadly, many of it's coastal (tropical) forests are being cut down by tree farmers and cattle ranchers. This 2-3 hour hike, guided by Alvaro is not only educational but inspiring. Alvaro carefully...More

3  Thank Todd M
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....More

1  Thank Andi912
Reviewed April 5, 2015

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

Thank Jonathan H
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,...More

Thank AdventurousRetirees
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Is there a 1-800 number to call and book a tour? Heading to Costa Rica in three weeks, staying in Playa Villas Samara.
February 11, 2016|
Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
Alvaro's email is on the website. I have contacted him through email to book. He is very responsive.
How long a car ride from Tamarindo?
October 12, 2015|
Response from RoyFamily15 | Reviewed this property |
It's about 2 hours south down the coast by car (110km). Hope you go! Thanks for asking.
We are staying at the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa the week between Christmas and New Years Day. Do you pick up at this hotel? I have no idea what the distance is. Thanks.
June 16, 2015|
Response from Alvaro T | Property representative |
Hello, We are very happy that you are interested in hiking the Reserve! Playa Samara is about a 2 hour drive south from Flamingo. We currently do not offer transportation to the area you will be staying. If you rented a... More