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Address: The Flying Crocodile Hotel | Flying Crocodile, Playa Samara 5235, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 8330 3923
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We offer scenic flights in an open gyrocopter of 20 minutes, 30 minutes or...

We offer scenic flights in an open gyrocopter of 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes departing from Sámara, Tamarindo, Nosara and Punta Islitas. Contact us for details. Description Tour Sámara: Taking off from our runway "Airpark Costa Rica" locally known as "La Pista" only 10 minutes outside of the beautiful little beach town Sámara in Guanacaste. Our shortest tour of 20 minutes will lead you first to one of the most beautiful white beaches in Guanacaste called Playa Barrigona where famous actor Mel Gibson owns a beach property. Next, you will head inland to the River Buena Vista on the lookout for sunbathing crocodiles along the river. The next part of your flight takes you to the beaches of Sámara and Carillo where you might get a soaring eagles' perspective of manta rays, dolphins, big schools of fish and sea turtles. From Carillo you'll overfly the Isla Chora on the way to Playa Buena Vista were you'll experience the sensation of flying just over breaking waves and feel you're surfing in mid-air! Return to the runway while enjoying a beautiful view of the rain forests and mangroves. In the time from December to March and August to Oktober you can often see whales playing near the shore. What to bring? You'll need a video or photo camera that can be secured at your wrist, also good idea to bring sunglasses.

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We got a recommendation by someone in our Hostel in Samara. The weather wasn't that great (it was in the middle of the rainy season). Therefore I thought the experience might not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got a recommendation by someone in our Hostel in Samara. The weather wasn't that great (it was in the middle of the rainy season). Therefore I thought the experience might not be that good, but instead it was just phenomenal! A super smooth and super save feeling during the hole flight, especially the landing was comparable to landing on... More 

Thank ChrisOsScreenname
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Amazing experience! A definitely must-do if you are in this region of Costa Rica! The gyrocopter allows you to enjoy all of what the costa rican nature can provide : sea, jungle, rivers, waterfalls, animals (such as crocodiles) and beautiful landscapes. You will be able to have a look at all of that from an aerial point of view which... More 

Thank Robin S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I took a gyrocopter with Joerg in Samara and had an amazing 20 minute experience! Joerg guided me toward a 9am flight time which was perfect --we spotted crocodiles, a humpback whale with it's baby, turtles, Eel rays, as well as some beautiful coastline. The views are spectacular and Costa Rica is one of the few places in the world... More 

Thank Peter W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

If you do nothing else in your life, you must experience this gyro-copter tour of beautiful Costa Rica. I especially enjoyed the thrilling experience of skimming about 15 feet above the surf at almost 90 MPH. I felt like I could reach down and high-five the surfers as we zoomed just above them!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Without a doubt, the highlight of my trip so far was the gyrocopter tour I did this morning with Ultralight Tours in Samara. The pilot Joerg was friendly and knowledgeable, explaining how the gyrocopter worked but the his knowledge of the area and the tour itself were incredible. From spotting crocodiles and sea-turtles, skimming over the waves along the beach,... More 

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Guido S, Owner at Ultralight Tours, responded to this review

Hello Andrew, Thanks a lot for your review and I appreciate that you enjoyed the Tour. If you ever get interested to fly a Gyro´s by yourself just let me know because we are offering as well instruction to optain a US or costa rican license. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Gyrocopter was on my bucketlist and i got the hint from a friend to fly with these guys. Joerg took me on a fascinating ride, short above the waves in high speed, up high to get an overview, along the curved rivers (flying as the river curves), showing me how safe the gyro is with all kind of techniques. Great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

We both loved this trip. Great way to see the coastline. Saw some crocs, turtles and manta ray. Jörge is excellent. We did 30 minute. Would have loved to stay up for a few hours. And thanks Jörge for the directions to Playa Barrigona.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

Save your hard earned money and do this. On our last trip to CR we sea-kayaked on huge swells, class-4 white water rafted, stayed/hiked near active Volcan Arenal, hiked Monteverde, ziplined and rode hoses in Arenal and drank CR coffee. This was a buzz like no other. Each of us took the 30 minute flight, which was just right. Saw... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015

I always wanted to fly in a ulv gyrocopter. I never done it before, i was afraid..... Afraid, that if i had done this, i would become an addict. I yes so it was! What a great experience! The pilot, Jorg Muller, took me up in the air. This, very nice guy told me a lot of what there was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

I was initially on the fence about doing this because of the price, but it was 100% worth it. Absolutely incredible how low + fast these things can fly...like nothing else I've ever done. Jorge was really great as well.

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