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Cartago Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 91 photos

A perfect destination for a daytrip from San José is the city of Cartago, just east from the capital. The city is the oldest still excisting Spanish settlement in the country, but unfortunately that is not visible anymore today, because the city has been hit by several devastating earthquakes in the past centuries.

What is still visible is the beautiful Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles. This church is home of the famous "La Negrita" statue and attracts many pilgrims every year.

And then there is another huge attraction in the surroundings of the city: the Volcán Irazú. This volcano is the highest in Costa Rica with an altitude of 3.431 metres. The volcano is easily accessible and is a great place to go to for a daytrip: the views are spectacular and it's really special to look straight into the crater from the top.

  • Last visit to Cartago: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 21, 2008
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  • monica71's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    your photos brought back some nice memories about my vacations in CR. thanks for sharing!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Good tips. It would be amazing seeing the Volcano close up!


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