Lomas Barbudal Tropical Dry Forest Biological Reserve

Lomas Barbudal is a wild land full of insect species, especially social and solitary bees and wasps, butterflies and moths. It has been estimated that some 230-250 species of bees and some 60 species of moths live in the reserve.

There are seven different habitats in the reserve. The most extensive and hence the most important are the deciduous forests which cover 70% of the reserve, the riparian forests, savannah woodlands and gallery forests. Other habitats are xeromorphic or extremely dry forest which is rich in cactus plants and land bromeliads, oak forests, and forest in the process of renewal.

In the deciduous forest most of the trees lose their leaves during the dry season. The riparian forests grow in strips along the rivers and ravines with a predominance of evergreen species. They are the thickest and most highly varied forests in the region and have an abundant population of solitary bees.

The reserve has year-round rivers with excellent swimming holes, such as Cabuya. and many springs, most of which do not dry up. Generally speaking, it is a place of great scenic beauty and it is especially beautiful in the month of March when the yellow "Corteza Amarilla" trees burst into bloom.

Lomas Barbudal Reserve is the main nucleus of one of the seven mega-parks that are being developed in Costa Rica. The project consists of joining this reserve with Palo Verde National Park, Rafael Lucas Rodriguez Wildlife Refuge and other neighboring wild lands. The objective of this mega-park is to set aside a sufficiently large area of wilderness where the populations of plants, animals and habitats of the ecological system that exists in the zone maintain themselves forever.

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