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Visiting the Karen Mogensen Reserve and Cerro Escondido Lodge

IMPORTANT! The Karen Mogensen Reserve and Cerro Escondido Ecolodge are privately owned by ASEPALECO and run by minimal staff and volunteers.   Visitors MUST contact ASEPALECO in advance to schedule their visit, so we can arrange for your day hike, guide and/or lodging.  You can contact the reserve by calling 506-2650-0607 or emailing  All guests must be accompanied by one of our experienced guides.  Please note that to reach the ecolodge and the heart of the reserve it is about a 1 hour hike, mostly uphill.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Needless to say, there’s a lot to do at ASEPALECO’s nature reserve. You can learn, investigate, rest and enjoy the forest all year round. Our hospitality reflects the good naturalness and ease of the Ticos, who are honored to share the splendor of the best infrastructure there is--Mother Nature!

What to bring

Please keep in mind that the yearly average temperature is 81°F (27°C), and that the cabins are located in the middle of a protected forest. Therefore, we recommend that you pack light (only what you can carry on the 1 hour hike to the reserve) and suggested items to bring include:


  • Backpack

  • Water for the hike to the reserve

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Raincoat (rainy season from May-November)

  • Hiking boots (Prepare for many river crossings)

  • Water bottles

  • Flash light

  • Camera

  • Binoculars

  • Toiletries (Because we do value the sanctity of the natural world, please bring only biodegradable soaps, shampoos, and conditioners)

  • Several changes of light, comfortable clothes and socks (clothing may get wet/dirty)

  • Towel (lightweight for trips to the river or waterfall)

  • Swim Suit

  • Any needed medicine

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