Zacarías Alemán, his brother Gregorio “Goyo” Alemán and his wife Luz Marina Fajardo built Casa Drake from the ground up. Zacarías is a self-taught carpenter and has learned his trade from a lifetime of living in the forest.
The Alemán and Valencia families arrived in Drake Bay in 1967. They are originally from Nicoya, in the northwestern Guanacaste province. Their parents made the decision to move their families to Drake Bay
with the hope of providing them with a better life.
They are two of the original families that pioneered the Drake Bay area. Even today it may seem that Drake Bay is a remote destination, but back then there was no road, and no airstrip.