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La Leona Eco Lodge
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Reviewed 23 January 2008

Walter and Adrian Morales, the owners of the place, were incredible hosts. They treated us like royalty, they helped us find a great guide over there (his name is Neyer, thanks to him we saw many animals we wouldn't have noticed by ourselves, you can contact him at [--]). The lodge is beautiful, clean, close to the sea, the service is great and the food too. While your there, you might even get to see the tapir INSIDE the dining room looking for bananas!!! Located a few yards from Corcovado tent camp, an american-owned facility, this place is actually runed by local Ticos and is much less expensive than their neighboors and yet they offer the same services.We had a great time there and we recomand this place to everyone who loves nature.

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Reviewed 2 June 2007

Overall positive experience at La Leona Ecolodge with some minor disappointments.

If you want to get off the beaten path, away from tourists, away from PEOPLE! and enjoy unspoiled nature, this is the place for you.

When flying from SJO to PJ, take into account that it will take at least 2 -1/2 hours to get to La Leona from PJ. There is a group van to Carate once a day, but we arrived late, and so we paid for an individual driver (about $60 u.s., arranged in PJ). We had to wait for a 2nd plane with one of our backpacks, so we did not leave P.J. until about 4, arriving Carate around 6, then walking the beach in the dark. This was mostly ok, but we did not have our flashlights unpacked, so we walked by moonlight . A guide with a horse and cart met us at Carate to help with bags. (Staff and driver have two-way radio.)

The lodge is solar-powered except for a generator for the freezer. Paths are lit by candlelight each night. Everything is recycled. There is plumbing. The tents were very comfortable, but it was 40 C (100 F) in April, so we were REALLY hot. We had a private bath, which was nice, but still had to wear shoes due to ants and lizards. The shared baths were not bad at all, but I wouldn't want to go out there at night.

Due to it being off season (April 12) there were no guides or kayaking as we had hoped. I was told I was supposed to have arranged that before leaving P.J.

The heat was so oppressive I was seriously concerned about heat exhaustion in myself or my 12 year old son. Tried to hike in Corvocado National Park (bring exact change for entrance fee), but it was too hot. Spent the rest of the day in the small aboveground pool. Saw macaws, monkeys, coati, plenty of spiders and lizards and crabs.

Not much for kids to do--my son was intimidated by the wildlife, afraid of the mountain crabs that populated the beach, so he mainly hung around camp. Camp Owner Adrian was extremely kind to try to befriend my son and encourage him to explore a little more. He took us on a brief night hike on the beach to see phosphorescent plankton and shrimp. Oh, the stars!!! You definitely had the sense that you were off the beaten track and seeing untouched parts of C.R.

I would recommend more books and a few more board games--maybe in different languages--most were in German. Maps of C.R. and Corvocado National Park would be nice. There are about 50 hammocks at this lodge, two for every guest I'd say. I enjoyed swinging in the shade and reading a paperback I found at the lodge.

Guests were ecclectic-photographers from Italy, family with infant from Germany, school teachers from Rhode Island, journalist from Costa Rica.

The food was excellent- cash bar. Water is fresh mountain water, it tasted fine, but I developed symptoms for the first time even after 3 weeks in Costa Rica. Hard to say if it was the water or the heat.

The highlight of the trip was renting a horse and riding the beach at sunset. Totally alone, breathtaking views.

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Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Room Tip: Die Zelte in der ersten Reihe haben einen wunderschönen Ausblick auf das Meer.
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Room Tip: je betaalt iets meer voor een tent met zeeuitzicht, maar is zeker de moeite waard!
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park 2388, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Carate
Price Range: £84 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Leona Eco Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the entrance of Corcovado National Park, on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, nestled in the most beautiful, primary rainforest and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Come and see for yourself what paradise looks like, and enjoy all the attention and accommodations of a lavish stay in the wild! Prepare yourself to embark on the journey of a lifetime! ... more   less 
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