La Leona Eco Lodge

in Carate, Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Morales Polanco family welcomes you at La Leona Eco Lodge for discovering a fascinating nature, for being in close touch with local culture or, in a word, for having a Costa Rica ecotourism dream vacation. The tropical background of the Corcovado area makes the difference, makes your experience so breathtaking!

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Active Adventure, Connect with Nature and Comfortable Stay


$99-140 /person/night
Approximate price. Rates vary based on room choice and time of year that you visit.


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Locally Owned Family Business
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Speaks: Spanish and English

Why Lokal Recommends La Leona Eco Lodge


Family Business | Locally Owned with 95% local staff

A Unique Story

It was first in 1969 when Walter flew over this huge area of dense forests which merged into the turquoise-blue colour of the Pacific Ocean; he instantly fell in love with this beautiful scenery. At that time the Osa Peninsula was the most remote area of the country with no public road access.

As a commercial pilot Walter Morales transported locally produced goods like meat, cheese, rice and beans from Rio Oro, Carate and Sirena to Golfito and on his way back brought gasoline, beer, coco cola and other daily goods for the local store of Félix Abellán who also owned huge parts of land in the area. The years passed by until he came back to Puerto Jimenez in 1976 where shortly after he got to know Salma Polanco.

He again met several families of the about 200 people who had lived in the area of today’s Sirena Ranger station before. In the meantime they had been resettled by a government decree to a village close to Puerto Jimenez which was necessary for the foundation of the Corcovado National Park. And it were these people who told Walter about the incredible rich biodiversity of the Corcovado area which then became national park.

The idea came to Walters’s mind of developing an ecotourism project in this marvelous nature he had seen years ago by himself. Tourism was new in this area; nobody had developed anything similar before. In the following Salma and Walter calculated possible risks and legal procedures for the realization of their dream: an eco lodge in Carate where they had bought a piece of land neighbouring Corcovado. They dedicated this land of almost 200 hectares as a family property. Later they started constructing the eco lodge and named it ‘La Leona’ after a creek combining their property with the Corcovado National Park.
The couple was a pioneer by turning the ecotourism project into practice in this still incredible remote area; and by protecting the nature of this property they also conserved part of one of the most biological intense places in the world: the Osa Peninsula.

Community Connection

The idea of La Leona Eco Lodge was born in the heart of the Costa Rican family Morales Polanco. The couple Salma Polanco and Walter Morales invested their life and motivation in this beautiful project; they also forwarded the respect and the love for this piece of rainforest to their children that in their opinion deserved to become La Leona Eco Lodge.

Environmental Engagement

At La Leona Eco Lodge Costa Rica we protect 500 Acres of primary rain forest which we conserve as a family patrimony for our future generations. You can enjoy hikes in the private rainforest as well as in Corcovado National Park which is one of the most important national parks in Costa Rica. National Geographic once described it as ´one of the most biologically intense places in the world´.


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