TO VISIT THE WERNER SAUTER RESERVE
CONTACT WITH THE
Tropical Dry Forest
The tropical dry forest is one of the most vulnerable and rare biomes of Central America. In Guanacaste, the characteristic six-month dry season leaves the land susceptible to wildfires that often devastate the forest and its wildlife. As if this was not enough, over the past 40 years widespread deforestation and large scale agriculture have reduced the dry forests to a mere fraction of what they were in the past. 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.
Located in Playa Samara, this hiking tour is an experience you will not forget. We have successfully created an invigorating, wholistic experience for our visitors where adventure, deep contact with nature, learning about local and native traditions, are all enjoyed on a relaxing tour through this magnificent wilderness reserve.
Samara Trails tour takes you through the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, one of the only private reserves in Guanacaste. This 2.5 hours 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. We want you to feel, breathe and experience the unique tropical dry forest. Here you will learn about the native plants and animals, as well as the rich and interesting history of the native peoples who inhabited the land long before the time of Columbus.