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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  • 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....
  • Murder in the Rainforest

    Murder in the Rainforest

    by Jack Ewing You would think that after 45 years at Hacienda Barú that I would have seen or heard about everything that the rainforest has to offer. That, of course, is far from being the case. On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 something happened that neither I nor any of our guides or other employees […]Read More....


    by Jack Ewing Environmentalists and people in the real estate business don’t usually like each other very well. The former tend to blame the latter of environmental destruction while the latter accuse the former of obstructing development and progress. In spite of this on a strip of coastal land in southern Costa Rica, 80 kilometers […]Read More....
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