La Leona Sector

 
 
​The sector of La Leona is the main land access to the Corcovado National Park, with a linear path where you can see different sites such as Madrigal, Cementerio, Paraiso and El Barco where you can see the flora and fauna of the sector, it is part of the access route to the Sirena sector with a trip to the shore of the beach, approximately 6 hours walking. The intensity of the trail is moderate.
 
​Creation:
Corcovado National Park - PNC is located in the Province of Puntarenas (Golfito and Osa Cantons), located on the Osa Peninsula, in the southwestern tip of Costa Rica. Its geographical coordinates are 8 ° 25'55 "to 8 ° 44'00" North and 83 ° 24'50 "to 83 ° 45'00" West. The topographic maps published by the National Geographical Institute (based on Lambert coordinates, available in scales 1: 50,000 and 1: 200,000) contain the PNC in the sections Llorona, Sierpe, Madrigal and Golfo Dulce (Government of Costa Rica, 2003).
 
It was created by Executive Decree No. 5357-A, published in La Gaceta No. 207 on October 31, 1975. Subsequently, it was expanded by Executive Decree No.11148-A, published in La Gaceta No. 33 on February 15, 1980. Its creation was raised to the rank of Law by No. 6794, which ratifies the previous Executive Decree as laws of the Republic.
 
Area:
The Park has 42,570 terrestrial hectares (Cotobira, 2005) and 5,375 marine hectares (the latter includes the marine 500 meters (1.640 feet) from the coastline). It contains a variety of ecosystems including forests, beaches, coral reefs, mangroves and freshwater marshes. The PNC includes the basins that drain in the Corcovado plain, between Punta Llorona and Punta Salsipuedes (MINAE and SINAC, 1999).
 
Maximum altitude:
782 meters (2.565 feet) above sea level. Climate: Hot, rainy and very humid. The rainy season goes from May to November, with maximum rainfall in the months of September and October.
 
Dry season:
December to April, with sporadic rains.
 
Rainy season:
May to November. Annual rainfall: an average of 5.500 millimeters, in the mountainous area. In the coastal area 3.500 millimeters.  
​•  Booking office from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Closed on Law holidays)
•  Open every day of the year from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
•  Nationals and residents: ¢ 1,600.
•  Non-resident foreigners: $ 15.
•  Camping area: $ 4 (San Pedrillo stations) *
•  ¢ 500 national and resident children (age 2 to 12 years).
•  $ 5 Non-resident children (age 2 to 12 years old)
•  Children under 2 years of age, as well as national visitors and residents over 65, do not pay for the entrance.
​Services:
•  Sanitary services.
•  Showers.
•  Information desk.
 
Main Attractions:
Sendero Madrigal Trail, it passes by the cemetery that was used by the ancient inhabitants of La Leona area, before being a National Park, it is a rock formation that forms caverns that can be observed at low tide. And in the spawning period of turtles, births can be observed. 
​How to get:
You can enter by the sector of Carate walking 3,5 km (2,17 miles) by the beach, to arrive to Carate it is possible by means of 4x4 vehicle, collective taxi or small plane that leaves from Puerto Jiménez.
 
Conditions:
•  Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance for all Sectors of the National Park.
•  Remember that to enter the park you must do so accompanied by a local guide who must be registered with the office of the Sustainable Tourism Program of ACOSA, please get your guide before making the Reservation (See attached list of local guides). Otherwise, you will be denied entry to the Protected Area.
•  Reservations are personal, they will not be transferable to other people.
•  To enter you must present your identification (passport or ID) in the respective sector of the protected area.
•  Any Reimbursement Request must be made with justification and within 15 calendar days of entering the National Park.
•  Changes of reservations will only be made due to cancellations of flights, illness and closure of the Park with duly justified note. (See guideline N ° 015-2018).
 
Rules:
•  Do not leave the established path.
•  Prohibited to bathe in Beaches, lagoons or rivers
•  Do not feed or touch or harass wild animals.
•  Do not enter alcoholic beverages or any kind drugs to the Park.
•  Other restrictions that are in decree 40700-MINAE and the National Parks Law.
•  If you do not comply with these rules, you will be exposed to the expulsion of the park and your respective complaint to the corresponding authorities.
 
Recommendations:
•  It is recommended to bring the following implements: - Backpack for long walks (no suitcase, no canvas bag)
•  Garbage Bags (to keep dry things inside the backpack and pack the trash to get it out of the Park)
•  Hiking boots.
•  Canteen (recommended 2 liters per person) Authorized food per person, for the walks (Water bottling, hydrating drink, seeds, dehydrated fruits, energy bars)
•  Sunglasses
•  Lantern
•  Repellent
•  Sunscreen
•  Photographic camera