Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge

Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge is situated on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. This is a region of distinct natural beauty where forest covered mountains rise up from the dramatic Pacific coastline.

Spanning 815 acres, the Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge has a fantastic variety of habitats.  They range from wetlands and secondary rainforests in the lowlands, to the primary rainforest on the highland coastal ridge. Seven kilometers of walking trails and three kilometers of pristine beach are here to be explored, as well as the orchid garden and butterfly garden.

Bird watching, canopy exploration and ecological tours are specialties here. The bilingual grass roots naturalist guides will help you discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest, such as leaf cutter ants, the sleepy sloths and the nesting site of the common pootoo. On the tours you can experience everything from the rainforest canopy to mangrove swamps or the jungle at night.

Activities at Hacienda Barú include self-guided tours, the Rainforest Experience, a mangrove walk, a twilight hike, tree climbing experience and much more.  The Rainforest Zipline Tour, imitates the flight of the chestnut-mandibled toucan, as it leaps off a branch, swoops down through the forest and then up in to another tree. On this tour, 8 separate cable rides take you from one ridge top to another, across valleys and streams. There are 14 land based platforms and 1 tree platform with a view of the coast. It is a great way to see and learn about the tropical rainforest and have fun at the same time.

The mission at the Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge is to protect the wildlife habitats, while educating visitors about its biological wealth. Learn more about the history of Hacienda Baru’s evolution from a working cattle ranch to a National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge.

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