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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  • OLD FOGIES LIVING IT UP IN THE TREE TOPS

    OLD FOGIES LIVING IT UP IN THE TREE TOPS

    by Jack Ewing Although I have never heard it said, I would be willing to bet that the term “old fogy” is not politically correct. But since I consider myself to be a proud member of their ranks I will take the liberty of using the term freely when referring to all of us elderly […]Read More....
  • CONNECTING HEAVEN TO EARTH

    CONNECTING HEAVEN TO EARTH

    by Jack Ewing The most noteworthy old tree that has passed on during my time at Hacienda Barú was an enormous old kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra), called the ceibo or ceiba tree in Spanish, that once dominated the skies near what is today El Ceibo Service Station. Its familiar form, tall straight trunk and umbrella […]Read More....
  • 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....
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