Explore the Karen Mogensen Reserve at the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula
ENJOY THE BREATHTAKING NATURE
THE CERRO ESCONDIDO ECOLODGE
Located in the center of the Karen Mogensen Reserve is the Cerro Escondido Ecolodge. Our solar powered cabins are designed for nature lovers and adventurists looking for a sustainable getaway. All proceeds support the preservation, education, and research opportunities at the reserve.
BREATHTAKING VIEW OF GULF OF NICOYA
WATERFALLS AND RIVERS TO SWIM
OVER 22 KM OF HIKING TRAILS
OVER 240 SPECIES OF BIRDS
FLORA AND FAUNA UNIQUE TO THE WORLD
The Karen Mogensen Reserve
The Karen Mogensen Reserve and Cerro Escondido Ecolodge are located in the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula near Rio Blanco de San Ramon.
The ASEPALECO headquarters is located nearby in the town of Jicaral.
Please contact the ASEPLECO office to arrange your visit and also read our Visitor's Guide. Please note: To reach the reserve is an hour uphill walk from the entrance of the park.
Ecological Association of Lepanto, Cobano, and Paquera
The Ecological Association of Paquera, Lepanto, Cóbano (ASEPALECO) is a non-profit conservationist and educational association. Founded in 1991, the headquarters is located in the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula in the beautiful town of Jicaral, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Our mission is to protect, preserve and educate the public about the natural systems of the forest, including the water sources and wildlife upon which all life on the Nicoya Peninsula depends. We consider it an honor to be the stewards of such an important conservation project and contributing to a better future.
Visitors are welcome to experience the diverse wildlife and fauna located at the Karen Mogensen Reserve - in doing so, you are helping support ASEPALECO’s wildlife conservation, environmental research, and educational campaigns in Costa Rica.
February 28th, 2019
On February 28th, ASEPALECO was proud to hold the 2019 opening of the forest fire prevention campaign at the Curu Reserve in Paquera. Particpants included El Corredor Biológico Peninsular, SINAC, Foreste per Sempre, Fundazione Casa di Risparmio di Modena and ASEPALECO. As with previous years, forest fighters came together from surrounding areas from the districts of Paquera, Cobano, Lepanto, and Isla de Chira. This activity is intended to motivate and encourage the communities in ways to prevent and control forest fires. Thank you for all who particpated and contributed to this event!