We loved our hike with Alvaro! His family owns the land and you can tell that he loves his job. He speaks extremely good English and the tour begins at the foot of the hill, where the land was once a cattle farm. He goes through the hike and stops at interesting things along the way to give descriptions of the different trees and plants, and to point out wildlife. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about Costa Rica and the Samara area, it was a pleasure to be around him. We saw many birds, butterflies, and caught a glimpse of a Kiwali which is sort of like a raccoon but larger.
The hike itself is a moderate hike, as there are some steep hills. However, it is cool under the trees and Alvaro is a great guide. You will hike up to the summit where you will overlook all of Samara beach. I recommend you go in the afternoon tour to catch the sunset - it was spectacular. Alvaro brings along water and a snack to enjoy as you chat and watch the sun go down. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of our trip!
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