Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve

Bagaces, Costa Rica

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Reserva Biológica Lomas Barbudal
Almost a quarter of the world’s bee species can be found in Lomas Barbudal (Bearded Hills) Biological Reserve. One of the more unique genus are the large, solitary, tunneling, Abejas Antofóridas-Centris bees that attracted G. Frankie (now at the University of California, Berkeley) to study the area in the late seventies.

Frankie and others found rare Panama Redwood (Platymiscium pleiostachyum), Pochote (Bombacopsis quinata), Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) and Gonzalo Alves (Astronicum graveolens) trees as well as the common Shoemaker’s tree (Byrosonima crassifolia) whose flowers provide an oily resin that the Centris bees use as mortar in tunnel construction.

They recognized the region as one of the last remaining stands of tropical dry forest and established the Friends of Lomas Barbudal non-profit organization to protect the area. Their efforts resulted in the designation of the Biological Reserve in 1986.

From the visitor’s center (Casa de Patrimonio) on the northwest tip of the reserve, the most popular walk is a short quarter mile upstream along the Río Cabuya to the poza. This watering hole attracts concentrations of wildlife in the dry season and is a perfect place for a cooling dip since many of the trees in this region are deciduous, drop their leaves and leave shade at a premium.

You may feel a little like you’re swimming in your home aquarium when you see the convict cichlids (Chichlasoma nigro-fasciatum) or feel the green mollies (Poecilia gilii) nibbling at your toes.

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OTS Palo Verde Lodge

The nearest town is Bagaces, 10.4 km away and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport airport is 26.1 km.

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The approximate gps map coordinates of Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve are latitude 10.4766, longitude -85.3347. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)