The Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge plays an important role in the development of the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. Its importance is not only because of its protection of the ecological balance and biodiversity but also because of its leadership in tourism, communal development, education, and the quality of life of the area. In order to assure that the area continues to develop in a positive healthy manner it is important that everyone in the zone help to protect the natural beauty which is the great attraction to the foreign tourists so important to the economy of the region.
Hacienda Barú doesn’t produce miracles, but it does create opportunities for the community by attracting a large number of ecotourists to the area. The community realizes this more each day and is working hard to protect and expand its natural treasures in order to assure a prosperous future.