When you hear the word “Cartago”, you think about the Province of Cartago with the Basilica of Los Angeles, the Orosi Valley, the Irazu Volcano, and Turrialba city; but this province has much more to offer than these wonderful attractions.
Cartago has natural, cultural, historical and adventure attractions, all in the same place. In this province, you can visit many protected areas such as Tapanti National Park, La Marta Wildlife Reserve, the Rio Loro Parque Municipal, Irazu Volcano National Park (you can also visit the Prusia area, ideal for walkers), and many other attractions. If you are looking for cultural interaction, Cartago is a perfect place to learn about the culture and history of Costa Rica, this place is where the colonization of Costa Rica began; here you can appreciate different buildings of great importance for the country and you can also make a visit to agricultural farms in the area, to see even more of the Costa Rican culture. If you are an adventure lover, this province has a lot to do, we recommend activities such as mountain biking, canopy (zip line), white water rafting (Grande de Orosi River, Pacuare River, Pejibaye River), hiking, paragliding in Turrialba, rock climbing in Cachi, among many others.
Cartago is the ideal place to start or end your trip in Costa Rica because this destination is located just 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Juan Santamaria International Airport. You can find many mountain hotels, rural cabins, and some city hotels. We recommend accommodations such as the Grandpas Hotel, Hotel Orosi Lodge, Hotel Rio Perlas, Hotel El Guarco, Hyatt Place Pinares, and Quelitales Lodge. If you want to visit the area of Turrialba you can also stay in hotels of very high quality, as is the Hotel Casa Turire.