Cartago, in Central Valley, is a city of some 27,000 people.
It’s 610 miles (982 kilometers) away from Medellin, Colombia and about 610 miles (982 kilometers) from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Here in Cartago, there are many scenic protected parks that are well worth hiking through. If you have limited time, at least check out Monumento Nacional Guayabo and Turrialba Volcano National Park, two of the most popular in the city. Also have a look around Parque Nacional Tapanti and Monumento Nacional Guayabo, if you have the time to see more of the city’s variety of ecological environs.
An old religious gathering place, among the most popular of the many heritage sites here, is the Our Lady of the Angels Basilica. Photograph the symbolic features of this interesting building, understand its history and discover why it is so popular with tourists and Cartago locals alike.
Terramall is the perfect place to head to if you have a passion for shopping and people watching. See what locals buy and then take home a few original souvenirs.
Cartago features some gracious public spaces; Plaza de Peralta is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike. Treat the kids to an ice cream, watch locals, and you’ll soon see why this square is so adored by Cartago residents.
Those with an interest in plants will enjoy Lankester Botanical Garden, an important collection of plants in the Cartago area. Like many other botanical gardens on the continent this special place plays its part in protecting a range of plants.