Book your next vacation rental in Cartago, Costa Rica. Cartago is one of the smallest among the seven provinces in Costa Rica, located in the very center of the country. The capital of the province is of the same name. Cartago used to be the capital city of the country before it was relocated to San José in 1823 after a civil war here. The province currently has a population of over 460,000 residents.
Cartago province has significant colonial traditions and history throughout the region relative to the rest of Costa Rica. The history of the province is marred with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and civil wars. But, the physical beauty of the region is incredible and well worth a visit. There are dense rain forests to explore and a large amount of ecological diversity throughout the province. The highest peak in Cartago is Cerro de la Muerte which sits at 3,600 meters above sea level, while the lowest point is at 90 meters near Turrialba.
The capital city, Cartago, sits in a valley and is said to be absolutely stunning. The small but busy city is a central point for many outdoor attractions. Surrounding the city are lush green fields and an abundance of coffee fields to discover. Travelers who have found their accommodations in Cartago tend to also use the city as a gateway to other areas and attractions, such as: Lankester Botanical Gardens, Irazu Volcano, the Orosi Valley, Turriabla Volcano and Guayabo National Park – all which should be checked out.
Many locals also come to find accommodations in Cartago each year on August 2 for the festival day of the Virgin of the Angels. La Negrita (or the Black Madonna) is found in the city’s largest church, the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, which is also known to be the holiest church in the country. The statue itself is said to offer healing powers, which is why locals make their pilgrimage here on foot each year.
Finding lodging in Cartago will surely make you feel at home in quaint vacation rental homes throughout the city and the province. Book your vacation rentals or condo rentals directly from the locals in Cartago to truly have a unique and pleasant experience. Accommodations may go fast throughout the area, so book soon to ensure you find your ideal vacation rentals.
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