It’s hard to imagine that we first rolled into Reserva Nacional de Vida Silvestre Hacienda Barú on our bicycles over 25 years ago. Everything around is different, hotels have popped up, million dollar vacation homes line the ridge and the old teeth jarring, bone rattling, dusty 4WD road is now an asphalt highway.
The refuge has changed less – the trees are a little taller and some of the pastures have filled in but the view from the mirador over hundreds of acres of green remains a testament to the vision and dedication of Jack Ewing.
…Oh, and there are wildlife underpasses and monkey bridges since the refuge is on both sides of the highway and speeds are 100 kph instead of 20 kph now.
Adjacent to Hacienda Barú but not part of the protected zone, the Hatillo Viejo Estuary is an amazing place to kayak. We saw raccoons, monkeys, sloths and dozens of water birds as well as learning about the amazing ecology of the mangroves.