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“Fascinating Beautiful Hike”
Review of Samara Trails

Samara Trails
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Samara Trails Including Werner Sauter Biological...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 20 May 2014

My boyfriend and I had really wanted to hike through the rainforest to cap off our amazing Costa Rica trip, and our hike with Alverro did not disappoint! Like the reviewers before me have said, Alverro is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable and the property is huge and absolutely gorgeous. This was definitely one of the top highlights of our week-long trip. We learned a lot about the history of the land and it's native peoples, as well as the different plants, animals, birds, insects and fruits we passed during our walk. The pace was comfortable, the incline wasn't too steep and we frequently took short breaks while Alverro told us about different plants and wildlife we passed by. The three hours went by surprisingly quickly and we didn't feel tired afterwards. As others mentioned, we got to taste different fruits and plants we passed by, and even a termite (they were very small and tasted nutty). He also brought pineapple and watermelon for us to eat to restore our energy while we rested at the panoramic viewpoint at the top of the trail, which was amazing. We were lucky enough to have a cloudy day which kept the temperature slightly cooler (the path is mostly shaded by the thick foliage of the forest though, so you don't really need to worry about sunscreen anyway) but the humidity still had us working up quite a sweat. Surprisingly, mosquitoes/flies/bugs were really not a problem at all despite being in the middle of the forest, but probably still best to put on bug spray, especially if you plan to wear tshirts or shorts. I would recommend wearing sneakers as it is a dirt path with some red ants here and there along the way, but certainly no need for heavy duty hiking shoes. We were in the beginning of the rainy season, so the trail wasn't wet, but apparently a few streams run through the forest towards the end of may/beginning of june.

Overall, fantastic hike! If you are in the Samara or Carrillo area, you DEFINITELY want to do this hike!!

1  Thank Marie S
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Alvarro, the guide, is amazing. He really knows the lay of his land, and it was a fascinating hike. He got my son to try a termite and my friend's kid, who won't even eat salad at home, to chew on a leaf. Such a cool hike! If you go to Samara Beach, this was my favorite excursion of all that we did.

1  Thank Madeline L
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

The property is beautiful and the guide, Alvaro, is awesome! He's not only very knowledgable about the history of the region, the wildlife and sustainability, but he's clearly very passionate about all of it. The sunset views over Samara and Carrillo beaches are a must see.

Thanks for the great tour Alvaro!!

Thank Sam V
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

If I would only do one activity in Sámara (besides hanging out on the beach!) this is the one I would do. With a small group and a local guide (biologist) you learn to understand a bit a about the place you're in, the nature and even a bit of history. The guide's English is spectacular and he adjusts the pace and talk to the participants on the walk.
I only have one word of warning: Don't forget mosquito repellant!

1  Thank Hoya91
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Alvarro gave us an informative, interesting hike through the Conservation area. Demonstrations, displays and field talks were all great. The snacks and view at the top of the trail were wonderful. This is a great way to get a little deeper insight into the plants, animals, and history of the local environment.

1  Thank QuentinCanada
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