Donald Peters Hayes National Wildlife Refuge was created on May 20th 1998, to protect forested areas near Golfito, overlooking the Golfo Dulce, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. In fact, this private wildlife refuge is adjacent to the Golfito National Wildlife Refuge.
The nearby cities of Golfito and Puerto Jimenez need these refuges, as they help to protect the slopes and water. That is why this refuge was created with the goal to conserve the forest and native wildlife, as well as ensure the perpetuation of species, population or wildlife habitats and to serve for scientific or recreational purposes, as long as they don’t go against their main objective.
The National Wildlife Refuge Donald Peters Hayes protects a wide variety of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, typical of humid tropical forest of southern Puntarenas, with species of ferns, palms, orchids and tropical trees as the Vaco. The refuge has a large variety of birds such as macaws, toucans, hummingbirds, and mammals like coatis, monkeys and peccaries.
There are no public facilities at Donald Peters Hayes Wildlife Refuge. Other nearby parks include Golfito National Wildife Refuge, Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park and Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve.
Getting to Donald Peters Hayes Wildlife Refuge:
From San Jose, take the Pan-American Highway south towards Panama. At the town of Rio Claro, take the exit to Golfito. The total trip from San Jose takes about 7 hours.
You can take a bus from the route San Jose – Golfito, which takes about 8 hours (Tracopa-Alfaro, 2221-4214). From here you can take rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Donald Peters Hayes Wildlife Refuge. We recommend buying the ticket a day earlier to be sure your seat is saved.
You can also take a flight from the Juan Santamaria Airport to the Golfito Airport, either with Sansa or Nature Air airlines, both with daily flights. From here you can rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Donald Peters Hayes Wildlife Refuge, which takes about 20 minutes.
Location: Osa Peninsula in southern Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Golfito GPS Coordinates: 8.638792,-83.166678 (8°38’19.65″N, 83°10’00.04″W)
Size: 211 ha (520 acres)
Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) Telephone: +(506) 2735-5580 / 2735-5276
INFOTUR Tourist Information: 1192