La Leona Story


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.

In 1969, when Walter first flew over this area and witnessed how the dense forests merged into the turquoise-blue Pacific Ocean; he instantly fell in love. At that time the Osa Peninsula was the most remote area of the country with no public road access.

As a commercial pilot Walter transported locally produced goods like meat, cheese, rice and beans from Rio Oro, Carate and Sirena to Golfito. The years passed by until he came back to Puerto Jimenez in 1976 where shortly after he got to know Salma Polanco.

When the incredible rich biodiversity of the Corcovado area became national park.

Walter had the idea of developing an ecotourism project in Carate where he and Salma had bought a piece of land neighbouring Corcovado. 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.

Today our guests can enjoy a stay at this wonderful place in comfortable tents with mostly private garden bath and a restaurant quality which is without comparison in the area. Regularly our guests prolong their stay at La Leona and call it a paradise place. In 2009 we celebrated the first wedding at La Leona Eco Lodge of a couple who had first met here shortly before.

La Leona Eco Lodge would not be what it is today without the help of every single employee. They are an important and essential part of the success of our family project!

The team and family of La Leona wish you an enjoyable stay!

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