Hacienda Baru – National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge
Dominical, Costa Rica – 25 years of Experience in Ecotourism The Best Value for Ecotourism and Bird

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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  • Bird Watching in the Killing Field

    Bird Watching in the Killing Field

    When the first settlers moved into the area around Dominical in the early 1900s, they found primary forests comprised of hundreds of thousands of species of living organisms. Over time trees were felled and the highly diverse forests replaced with several species of grass intended for the exclusive consumption of… Read More....
  • A Real-Life Superwoman

    A Real-Life Superwoman

    The Hardships, Tragedies, and Challenges of Women in Rural Costa Rica How many women do you know in their early 60s who have given birth to thirteen children, most of them at home, and without the assistance of a mid-wife? Eleven of this woman's children are still living and have,… Read More....
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