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“Zip line The flight of the Toucan Tour” 5 of 5 stars
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3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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“Zip line The flight of the Toucan Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

If you never have zip-lined before, than this is the trip for you. So much fun. Our guides, Olman and Pedro, were so patient with us 60 year olds. They have an extraordinary knowledge of the rainforest and we saw a two toed sloth and chestnut mandible toucan while climbing to the first zip line platform. They were very thorough with the safety instructions and safety checks. The first zip line was so exhilarating and it was worth the heat and the climb. We then climbed upward through the canopy to the other platforms. Extraordinary beauty and an excellent staff. A perfect day. There is a garden near the office, a restaurant and cabinos (if you are looking for a place to stay). Hacienda Baru is right outside Dominical, where there are lots of restaurants, bars, and places to stay and surfers on the beach.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Had a great time with Olman and Victor. They were funny and a great wealth of information on our tour up to the zip lines. We saw sloths, bats, ants, monkeys, frog...etc. I would highly recomend this tour to anyone. Thanks guys for helping make our vacation a wonderful experiance!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

There are bungalows and rooms here. We stayed in a room which was comfortable,extremely spacious and well maintained, equipped and clean – the fridge was most welcome. The outside porch, which is screened was a particularly nice touch. The grounds here are extensive and there are several well signed tracks which you can walk in your own time at your own pace and observe the wildlife. We took one of their guided tours which was quite disappointing as the guide was clearly just doing a job and showed no real interest or enthusiasm in what he was doing. The restaurant was also a bit of a disappointment -breakfasts are very limited , not even fruit juice, and the dinner which was included in our accommodation package consisted of a main course only.
Just at the entrance there is a 24 hour garage which has a small shop attached. This proved very useful for snacks and drinks etc. While you are staying here visit Manuel Antonio Park –the wildlife is excellent and there are walks, nice beaches and safe swimming. However, you will need to survive the attentions of the numerous parking and guide touts first.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

On the steamy Pacific coast, Baru is a delight. We stayed in a Superior room which looked out over the pool and gardens.The pool was probably hotter than most jacuzzis! The rooms are generous in size, have super strong showers and a huge fridge. The grounds here are lovingly maintained, and are a haven for birds and butterflies and Iguanas! The food in the restaurant is perfectly OK, not stunning, but you are really here for the guided birding, not the food (there are a selection of restaurants a few Kms away in Playa Dominical). The tours were fantastic, the guides are all very knowledgeable, true enthusiasts, with an easy manner and sense of humour. Hacienda Baru should be commended for providing such high quality people - we would have spotted very little without their help! This place definitely delivered more than it promised.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed at Hacienda Baru for 5 nights in mid February and had a pleasant, relaxed experience. If you are looking for luxury, this is not the place for you. But, if you are interested in experiencing the rain forest, hiking, and searching out birds, this is the place. The rooms (more like attached cabins) are clean and comfortable. No A/C, but ceiling fans, bring your own toiletries, and a flash light for evening or a night hike. There are trails for self guided hikes, several hikes available with knowledgable local guides at 6:00 am (everyone should do at least one with a guide), and a zip line (Be aware of steep trails and steps to get to each platform.) all with no crowds to scare away wildlife. The meals at their restaurant were good. The pool was a nice place to cool down in the late afternoon before dinner. For a change of scenery, we took a taxi (about $2 dollars) to Dominical one afternoon, had lunch, and took in some surfer beach culture. Jack Ewing and his friendly staff do an excellent job of running this lodge and educating people on how the rain forest will regenerate if Mother Nature is left alone.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We did two activities here in one day, the Pre-columbian hike (about 4 hours) and zip lining. Both were fun and fairly priced. We ate lunch at the cafe and it was great as well. We saw quite a bit of wildlife including the only hummingbird I saw during my week in Costa Rica. One of the other reviewers said the place was "unpretentious" and I would agree with that descriptor. Definitely worth a visit.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is an excellent base to discover nature in this part of Costa Rica. The grounds are well kept, the cabins are spacious and clean and there is a good-sized pool to relax in at the end of the day. You can discover the impressive local wildlilfe within the grounds or within easy reach in the surrounding national parks (Manuel Antonia is a 45 min drive away). Tree climbing was an amazing way to experience the forest, slowly ascending up a 35m tree whilst the helpful guide shared his wide knowledge.
And in the evenings the restaurant offers simple but delicious regional food.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hacienda Baru

Address: 3 Km North of Dominical, Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge is located at the entrance to Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge which protects 330 hectares (815 acres) of tropical forest, wetlands, mangrove and 3 kilometers of pristine Baru Beach. The refuge offers seven kilometers of well marked nature trails and a bird watching tower for a modest entrance fee. Guided tours with sharp-eyed local guides include two different types of canopy tours, five hiking tours, a camping tour and three bird watching tours. Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge & Lodge is situated on Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Coast. This is a region of distinct natural beauty where forest covered mountains rise up from the dramatic Pacific coastline. The village of Dominical is just 3 km from Hacienda Baru located. Hacienda Baru Ecolodge's bungalow style cabins are large and roomy. Each one has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with one double and one twin bed. Each bungalow has a bathroom with hot water shower, living room, porch, and kitchenette. For your convenience, they come equipped with fridge, coffee maker, hot plate and fans in all the rooms. They are ideal for families. In addition to the cabins, Hacienda Baru Ecolodge is now offering six new Pool View Guest Rooms. Each of these superior units has a large bathroom, a porch and ample space for beds and other furniture. Each will normally have a king size bed and a twin bed , but they can be equipped with up to four twin beds. Each has a frige and coffee maker as well. The attractive tile roofing is made from recycled plastic bags. A well ventilated design, insulation between the roofing and the polished teak ceiling, and overhead fans all insure cool comfort for our guests. All of the teak and gmelina wood used in the construction came from Hacienda Baru's own plantations. The wood for the pine beams and cypress furniture all came from plantations as well. Not a single piece of the wood used came from a natural forest. Solar heaters provide plenty of hot water for the bathrooms. The outside walls are slate and polished teak. The new guest rooms are conveniently located right in front of our new swimming pool. Our breezy open air restaurant allows you to observe the gardens and natural surroundings as you dine. We have five private ranchos for guests that want an intimate setting perhaps for a romantic candlelight dinner or a special family meal. Our menu is primarily very tasty typical Costa Rican food, but we do offer a variety of dishes for those who either don't like or want a break from rice and beans. We offer a selection Costa Rican fruit drinks known as FRESCOS meaning refreshing, soft drinks, a selection of Costa Rican beer, you must have heard of Imperial, wines and other licors. The swimming pool at Hacienda Baru Lodge is disinfected with ozone produced by an ozone generator which injects a constant flow of this eco-friendly gas into the water. This system of disinfection allows us to maintain a very low concentration of chlorine in the pool. The chlorine level is so slight that it is imperceptible to pool users. The swimming pool is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Guests from both the cabins and guest rooms are welcome to use the pool during these hours. Bird Watching, Canopy Exploration and Ecological Tours are our specialty. Our bilingual grass roots naturalist guides will help you discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest, such as leaf cutter ants, the sleepy sloths and the nesting site of the Common Pootoo. On our tours you can experience everything from the Rainforest Canopy to Mangrove Swamps or the Jungle at Night. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hacienda Baru Hotel Quepos
Hacienda Baru Costa Rica/Dominical

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