Hacienda Baru – National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge
Dominical, Costa Rica – 25 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. Seven kilometers of walking trails and three kilometers of pristine beach are here to be explored as well as our orchid garden and butterfly garden.


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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  • SAVEGRE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

    SAVEGRE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

      All of us at Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge, Hacienda Barú Lodge, and Hacienda Barú Ecotours are proud to inform our visitors, friends, and the general public that on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Paris, France, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program declared the Savegre River basin and much of the surrounding area, […]Read More....
  • Torture in the Rainforest

    Torture in the Rainforest

    by Jack Ewing All of you cat lovers out there aren’t going to be very happy with my use of the word “torture” to describe what your beloved pets do to little animals like mice, frogs, birds, and geckos. It’s hard to think badly about your beautiful, soft, cuddly friend and easy to rationalize any […]Read More....
  • OLD GUYS LIKE ME SHOULDN’T BE DOING CHALLENGE COURSES

    OLD GUYS LIKE ME SHOULDN’T BE DOING CHALLENGE COURSES

    – By Jack Ewing 1993, the year I turned 50, I started climbing trees at Hacienda Baru. It was the beginning of a fascinating new ecological adventure. Little was known about the biology of the rainforest canopy, and a whole new field of discovery was opening up. We started offering tree climbing as an ecological […]Read More....
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