Hacienda Baru is a famous spot for birdwatching and exploring the untouched rainforest wilderness. It encompasses 815 acres of primary and secondary rainforest as well as wetlands and lowlands across the coastal ridge. As one of the largest educational centres in the country, it contains over seven kilometres of walking trails which are excellent for birdwatching. In fact, there has been over 350 bird species found in this property alone.
On this Rainforest Birdwatching Hike, you will walk with your guide in search of different bird species that populate the reserve. You’ll start off at the main entrance and hike through the cacao plantations and the rainforest. Your guide will point out different species of birds and animals as you walk through. Bring your binoculars or take a look through your guide’s spotting scope to get a closer look at the mesmerizing, colorful birds of the area.
Some of the most popular and most sought-after species of birds around the world are found right here in Costa Rica and especially at this center: Toucans, Antshrikes, Trogans, Manakins, Tinamous Curasows are some of the species found here. Although the dense rainforest foliage and towering trees provide excellent space for hiding, with some luck and help from your expert guide, you may find a number of different species of birds throughout your walk.
After about an hour of hiking through the rainforest, your group will reach the campsite which is a beautiful gathering place to enjoy some delicious home cooking and hot coffee. If you have never had a traditional Costa Rican breakfast you are in for a treat. While your meal is being prepared, feel free to explore the site on your own and try to spot a few more birds or just relax and enjoy the sounds of the roaring jungle.
After breakfast, your guide will lead you back to the main office during which you’ll have a second chance to spot creatures new and old. During your hike keep and eye out for more than just birds: Wildlife such as sloths, iguanas, monkeys and poison dart frogs might make a special appearance too.
This half-day, early morning hike is moderately strenuous and at times can be muddy, so wear supportive, closed-toed shoes. It includes a bilingual guide and breakfast. No transportation is needed from Hacienda Baru. Transportation is not included from other area hotels. It is not suggested for children under 8 years of age. This activity is not available on Sundays.