The Hacienda Copano National Wildlife Refuge was created on July 26th, 1995 in order to protect forested river areas on the southern Osa Peninsula at the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It lies entirely within the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, near Puerto Jimenez.
The Hacienda Copano National Wildlife Refuge is privately owned, 100% Costa Rican capital which has properties under the forest regime, located on the south side of Puntarenas.
Hacienda Copano reforestation process started in 1991 by leasing their properties to the development of forestry projects with the planting of Gmelina arborea, a native of Southeast Asia introduced to America with very good results and high commercial potential for its ability for renewal and transformation.
The weather is typical of the Osa Peninsula, hot and humid, a wild area with very heavy rains and thick evergreen forest, making it one of the wettest places in the world. Rainfall is abundant all year long but in October and November it can rain over 700mm, which feeds innumerable waterways and encourages the growth of very tall trees laden with epiphytes. The dry season is from February through April.
There are no public facilities at this wildlife refuge. The nearest parks include Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park, Golfito National Wildlife Refuge and Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve.
Getting to Hacienda Copano Wildlife Refuge:
From San Jose, take the Pan-American Highway south towards Panama. At the town of Rio Claro, take the exit to Puerto Jimenez. The total trip from San Jose takes takes 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 Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. We recommend buying the ticket a day earlier to be sure your seat is saved.
You can also take a bus from the route San Jose – Puerto Jimenez, which takes about 8 hours (Transportes Blanco, 2771-4744). From here you can rent a car and drive or take a taxi to the reserve. 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 or Puerto Jimenez Airports, 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 Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, which is takes 20 minutes.
Location: within the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve in Osa Peninsula, southern Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puerto Jimenez GPS Coordinates: 8.535819,-83.303914 (8°32’08.95″N, 83°18’14.09″W)
Size: 105 ha (260 acres)
Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) Telephone: +(506) 2735-5580 / 2735-5276
INFOTUR Tourist Information: 1192