After a yummy breakfast of homemade tortillas con queso(with cheese) and scrambled eggs, we were lucky enough to get visited by my favorite birds. Two chestnut-billed toucans arrived in the tree right above Jim and Usha’s cabin, giving us a great view of their spectacular colours and big bills. They sat above us in the branches long enough for us to watch them for a while and take in their beauty.
En route to La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge on the southern central Pacific Coast near Uvita, about an hour and a half away, we stopped at another private nature reserve called Hacienda BarÃº. Hacienda Baru has over 800 acres of forest, some converted from pasture 50 years ago to grow into dense rainforest. Jim and Usha wanted to do a canopy tour ziplining so we were off for an adventure! Hacienda Baru’s canopy tour is an ecological adventure, not just a fast ride through the trees. The guides are naturalists that bring their spotting scopes with them to point out and explain the varied wildlife on the way. There were three-toed sloths, leaf-cutter ants, and lots of different iguanas.
The reserve also has a butterfly farm and garden where six different species can be found, including their crysalids and the whole process can be seen. There is an orchid garden, a bird watching tower, and a soda for getting some filling Costa Rican food after getting a 3 hour adrenaline rush, or visiting the private beach.
– Kelly Galaski
Bird Watching in Costa Rica, Ecotourism are our specialty in Hacienda Baru. Our excellent naturalist guides will help you discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest, such as leaf cutter ants and sleepy sloths. On our tours you can experience everything from the Rainforest Canopy to Mangrove Swamps or the Jungle at Night, or enjoy the Beach.