The city of Cartago was the Spanish-colonial capital from the 16th to 19th centuries in Costa Rica, a flourishing agriculture and trade community that is rich in history and culture today. This community is one of the oldest in the country, first discovered in 1563 by Juan Vasquez de Coronado. In 1732 a volcanic eruption destroyed most of the city, leaving few original building remnants scattered across the landscape.
Cartago is a small and tranquil community today, with historic buildings and churches throughout. It is located just southeast of the current capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. Not only is this spot historically important to the country, but it is also one of the best spots to visit to get up close and personal with local culture, both the attractions and the people here providing great insight into Costa Rican life.
Here are some attractions you probably don’t want to miss out on during your visit (province-wide): Museo Municipal de Cartago, Costa Rica Institute of Technology, La Negrita, Lankester Botanical Garden, Tapanti Macizo De La Muerte National Park, La Puerta Del Sol, Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins (Central Park).