Samara Trails

The town of Samara in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is probably best known for being a chilled-out beach destination. Walking in the hills above the sand-sprinkled streets is an amazing nature experience waiting to be had. If you are up for some moderately difficult hiking, a visit to Samara Trails’ Werner-Sauter Biological Reserve is an activity you won’t want to miss. Located in Playa Samara, the paths of the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, will lead you to an amazing hiking tour.

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What to Bring

camera hat insect repellent  sunscreen sunglasses


round trip transportation  certified guide

Minimum people



7 AM or 3PM

The tropical dry forest is one of the most vulnerable and rare biomes of Central America. Undoubtedly this type of forest houses one of the most interesting and complex ecosystems of the area; the natural scarcity of water has caused wildlife to evolve and thrive in an environment with fewer nutrients than other tropical forests while also maintaining the ability endure six months of intense tropical rain. Samara Trails tour takes you through the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, one of the only private reserves in Guanacaste. It takes you through the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, one of the only private reserves in Guanacaste. This 2.5 hour guided hike starts in a former cattle farm, continues through a mango plantation – you can eat all the organic mangos that you want – and finally takes you to the reserve where nature runs wild.

The Werner-Sauter Biological Reserve is a 140 hectare (346 acre) private reserve that was once a family farm. As was typical for the region, they grew sugarcane and mangoes and also had cattle and horses. During Costa Rica’s environmental movement in the 1970s and 80s, large sections of the country’s rainforest and cloud forest were being protected. Nothing was being done for the tropical dry forest, however. Concerned about the future of this rich and important ecosystem, the family began to turn their working farm back into the natural forest that existed centuries earlier. Some 30 years later, the land is making great progress regenerating and is attracting a plethora of wildlife in the process. Today, the family’s next generation has opened up the reserve to visitors.



16th of April to 15th of December

Monday to Saturday 8.30 AM to 6 PM


16th of December to 15th of April

Monday to Sunday 8.30 AM to 6 PM



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