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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  • 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....
  • 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....
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