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“Turtle tours”

Samara-Carrillo Info Center
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Ocean Kayak and Snorkeling in Isla Chora
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Nature Hike with Naturalist at The Werner Sauter Biological Reserve
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Owner description: We are a free information center for residents and tourists of Samara & Carrillo and surrounding area. Our services extend from directions or bus schedules to recommendations for accommodations, restaurants, attractions, tours, transportation and events as well as what is happening in the community this week. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to promote your event or business. Thank you, Brenda Be Happy, Have Fun!
Seattle, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Turtle tours”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

We used Samara Info Center to book to turtle tour to Playa Camcaronal where we witnessed the miracle of 100,000 years of evolution. An Olive Ridley turtle mother shuffling up the same beach she was hatched on 45 years ago and laying her eggs. She got to the perfect spot for her above the high tide line amongst the driftwood, snuffled around and started digging her nest with her amazingly prehensile rear flippers. Reaching down as far as flippers would go, removing the last 1/4 cup of sand until every thing was just so, and depositing her 100 or so eggs in a zen like trance. She then buried the little ping pong sized bundles of joy and packed it all down with her hundred pound body, thumping up and down and sounding for all the world like a big bass drum in a Sousa band. A quick turn around scattering debris, camouflaging the nest's presence and she was off back to the sea, pausing often to get her bearings and rest from her exertions. Pura Vida! Our guide was Renaldo, a native of Samara and very knowledgeable about the local sea turtles and our driver took care and caution navigating along the treacherous roads at night.

Visited November 2013
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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Thank you for the review. It was great to have met you and been able to help you! Glad you saw the turtles!!! Hope to see you again in the near future!
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Laguna Hills, California
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“110%”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Both Christopher and Brenda are personable and friendly and went out of their way to make sure needs were met. Without hesitation, Brenda researched and put me into contract with guides outside of her normal circle of referrals to better meet my needs. When plans for one activity did not fall into place they were there to help us with inquiries and alternate activity arrangements. If you're visiting the Samara area I highly recommend their services.

Visited December 2013
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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Brian, it was super cool to meet you and your wife! You guys are really fun!! Glad you had a great time and that you had a chance to do some surfin'! I am sure I will see you guys again in the future!!! Have a wonderful holiday season!
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Kahl am Main, Germany
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“A total must !”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

Here with Brenda & Chris you will get every info you need about what's going on in Sámara & around. They helped us regarding all kinds of questions. All info is concentrated in this little place. They also do bookings for you etc. I donated a few things I didn't use anymore: Brenda arranges that these go to the right people... Gee, I hope I will be back some time. Thks so much. (Hans J. Oechler & Kathrin H.)

Visited November 2013
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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Hi H, super nice to have met you. It always put a smile to our face when you walking into the office. I am sure we will see you again soon! I did drop off the items that you donated to the thrift shop in town and they were very grateful. Cheers!!!!
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
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“Awesome Wealth of Information / Travel Coordination”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

I met up with Brenda via a Living Social Deal to book my activities initially. Then between the time i booked and the time i traveled, Brenda became so much more. She basically coordinated all aspects of our vacation from transportation to and from the airport / activities / things to do / bus schedules/ EVERYTHING! Whenever i had a question about anything, Brenda and the crew and the info center were there to help! Brenda even arranged to have our shuttle equipped with a cooler full of beer and wine for the 2 hour trip from the airport.
I cannot say enough good things about Brenda and the crew at the info center. I am super glad to say that i met Brenda and was able to have such a fantastic experience thanks to her and the info center!!

Visited December 2013
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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
HI R, it was super cool to be able to help you out and make your vacation better! You guys were a fun fun group! Thanks for taking to the to stop by our office! I hope to see you again in the future :) Hugs to the rest of the group!
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Austin,TX
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“Helpful before and during the trip”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Brenda arranged for our shuttle from the Monteverde area to Samara. The drivers were on time, courteous, and the trip went off without a hitch. While in Samara, we decided to rent a car and stopped by the office to ask Brenda about car pricing, the location of fuels, roads to avoid, etc. She was extremely helpful, and this made our rental experience much more satisfying. I highly recommend this agency if you are headed in the direction of Samara.

Visited December 2013
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brendad288, Owner at Samara-Carrillo Info Center, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hi R,

Thank you for this review! It was a pleasure to help you! Thanks for stopping by and saying hola! It is always great to be able to put a face to a conversation. Hope to see you again in the future :)
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