Hacienda Baru – National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge
Dominical, Costa Rica – 30 years of Experience in Ecotourism The Best Value for Ecotourism and Bird Watching

Hacienda Baru's 330 hectares (815 acres) have a fantastic variety of Habitats, from wetlands and secondary rainforests in the lowlands to primary rainforest on the highland coastal ridge. Eight kilometers of walking trails and three kilometers of pristine beach are here to be explored.

Our Mission is to protect the wildlife habitats of Hacienda Barú, while educating our 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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  • Free to Fend for Themselves.

    Free to Fend for Themselves.

    Jack Ewing. Anyone who has observed animals in a zoo and then seen the same animals in the wild will agree that there in no comparison between the two. In his renowned book The Human Zoo Desmond Morris remarked that if you observe baboon behavior in the zoo you would come to the conclusion that […]Read More....
  • The Ocelot Factory

    The Ocelot Factory

    by Jack Ewing On September 14, 2016, someone sent me a photo of an ocelot killed on the coastal highway in front of the Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge. From the spot pattern on its neck and shoulders I was able to identify it as a young male, about two years old, who I had […]Read More....
  • Where Do the Turtles Go?

    Where Do the Turtles Go?

    By Jack Ewing At Hacienda Barú we began working to save the olive ridley marine turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in the year 1984. There were so many poachers on the beach digging up the turtle eggs that we grew concerned that no baby turtles were hatching, and the species was dying out. So we competed with […]Read More....
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