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Map of Cartago County Costa Rica

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Cartago County Costa Rica

Cartago, founded in 1563 by Juan Vásquez de Coronado, was the capital of Costa Rica until 1823. The main reason for the city's fall from preeminent status is its location. Located at the base of the 11,000 foot high Irazú Volcano, the area was nearly destroyed by eruptions and earthquakes several times.

The city of Cartago is a half hour drive from San José and there is good bus service to and from. Because Cartago sits at nearly 4,800 feet it is much cooler than the other central valley towns. In Cartago you can visit the Basilica, perhaps the most famous and unique church in Costa Rica.

The drive from Cartago to the visitor center at Irazú Volcano is entirely paved, and an excellent sightseeing tour.

There are 13 different botanical gardens and over 2 km of trails at the Lancaster Gardens, famous for its collection of orchid varieties as well as its epiphyte exhibits.

City Street Inset of Cartago Costa Rica
This inset of Cartago City streets is an example of the large scale of this set of road maps of Costa Rica.