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Samara Trails

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| 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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  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“flora and fauna” (23 reviews)
“great hike” (17 reviews)
“hour hike” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0920

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went for a hike with 10 other girls and it blew our expectations out of the water! Our guide (Berny) was so patient with all of all explaining all of the species and allowing us all to take pictures. He was both knowledgeable and...More

Thank calistatemmerman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we took a guided hike with Samara Trails while on vacation a couple of weeks ago. Our guide, Berny, was excellent! He proved to be extremely knowledgeable about pretty much everything we encountered during the tour from both animal species, plant species, history of...More

Thank Silky S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was amazing to watch how Bernie our guide spotted all the animals. We saw snakes, bats, monkeys and lots of species of birds. Bernie also told us all about the country and the environment, as well as the trees and plants that we saw...More

Thank KTD73
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the afternoon hike with Samara Trails in the Werner Sauter Reserve and really enjoyed the tour. The Guides basically know everything and can teach you a lot about the different plants and animals. You recognize that they really care about the environment...More

Thank Sarahxyz123
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Great hike in the preserve with Bernie. We learned a ton, had a good hike and saw some native animals, plants, birds, etc. Bernie is extremely knowledgeable and very personable. We would highly recommend if you like this type of activity.

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 25 July 2017

We were in Playa Samara in mid June and booked with Samara Trails as a recommended activity. Berny and driver (Melvin?) arrived promptly at our hotel for our 6.30 am pick-up. The nature reserve area is just outside of town. The hike itself was awesome...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Berny is a very well known and respected tour guide in Samara. It is well worth it to request and wait for his availability. He was our guide for both the Samara Trails Hike and a day trip to Monteverde. Each tour was expertly led.

Thank sharon_rivers26
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Luis was a great guide! Really enjoyed learning about all the wildlife, area and history, would definitely recommend this tour!

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Thank Rebekka B
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We had an excellent wildlife walk; fantastic guide who was very knowledgeable and personable, stunning views and abundant wildlife. Essential if you are visiting Samara

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Alvaro T, Director General at Samara Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Hola! Thank you for this positive review. Its great to hear you had a great time,that's our main goal. We agree with you Samara Trails is a must do ,hope to see you soon enjoying another adventure. Samara Adventure team!

Reviewed 3 May 2017

We took the morning hike, starting at 730 to beat the heat of the day. We learned about the history of the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve and so much information about he local flora and fauna. The hike was moderately challenging at times, though it...More

Thank mel_T19
Alvaro T, Director General at Samara Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Hola! First we want to thank you for this positive review. Is great to hear how much you enjoy it and yes we agree 100% with you! Samara Trails is a must do while in Samara. Samara Adventure Team!

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12 February 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.
12 October 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.
17 June 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