The various habitats of Rancho La Merced Wildlife Refuge make it both fascinating and educational. Here you’ll see waterfalls and over 300 species of birds. Whale-watching and horseback riding are also popular activities.

Rancho La Merced Wildlife Refuge contains a variety of habitats such as mangroves, rainforests, beaches, and streams. There are 15 miles of hiking trails throughout the refuge and various habitats. The varied habitats provide an ideal environment for many species of birds. Birdwatching is excellent year round, with over 300 species identified. For those looking for a little more adventure, horseback rides through the jungle to the beach or waterfalls is a great alternative.

Weather and packing list

The South Pacific is a region of vast contrasts in weather. Temperatures remain the same nearly year round with average day time highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of December through April being the driest.

Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent.

Costa Ballena translates to Whale Coast. The area is named this as humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres congregate to this area to rear their calves.

Nearby Destinations

Uvita1 km
Dominical18 km
San Isidro50 km
Manuel Antonio65 km
Sierpe60 km


Latitude: N 9° 11' 17.74"
Longitude: W 83° 45' 19.08"

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