Cartago, the former capital of Costa Rica, is one of the main cities of the country, due to its intense economic activity and its importance in the religious, historical, cultural and economic fields. It is located 20 kilometers from San José and is a reference point for the Atlantic and southern areas of the country.
It is located in the foothills of Irazú, a volcano that has wreaked havoc on the city several times throughout its history but is still an attraction for thousands of tourists who visit it to admire its impressive crater and intensive agricultural activity which develops in the foothills.
In Cartago is the Basilica of the Virgin of Los Angeles, patroness of Costa Rica, visited annually by millions of people, who venerate her. In the city of Cartago, itself are The Ruins of a temple of Romanesque architecture, dedicated to Santiago Apostle.
Treasures to enjoy in a comfortable vehicle
Near Cartago, about 40 kilometers away, there is a beautiful valley where you can find Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, vestiges of the temple of Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción, which complements its historical attraction with green areas, picnic tables, ranches and sanitary services, all with free access.
In the same valley are the Orosí and Ujarrás viewpoints of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, with free access to ranches, tables, playgrounds, trails and sanitary services.
But, in Cartago or its surroundings, the tourist attractions are innumerable: the old Sanatorium Durán, with its history, its mysticism, and its legends; The Laguna de Doña Ana; The Parque Ambiental Rio Loro, where you can see the water source that supplies several districts of Cartago. Also, the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes, the Tapantí reserve, the Cachí Dam, the Orosí Valley and the Guayabo National Monument.
It is a land of abundant tourist destinations, hotels and restaurants, prestigious public institutions and non-governmental organizations, offices, and businesses. It is home to one of the largest industrial parks in the country.
To take advantage of Cartago to the maximum a fast, safe and comfortable means of transport is recommended, a rental vehicle. In Rioja Rent a Car we have at your disposal a modern fleet of vehicles, comfortable, to vacate or work, in the city or the beautiful Carthaginian towns.