10 Things to Do in Province of Cartago That You Shouldn't Miss

Discover the best top things to do in Province of Cartago, Costa Rica including Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Irazu Volcano National Park, Guayabo National Park and Monument, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Pacuare River, Tapanti National Park, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran, Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

1. Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles

Calle 1, Cartago, Costa Rica Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 622 reviews

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles

This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin. An annual pilgimage takes place in August.

Reviewed By carolmK577FR - Cascade, IdahoCascade, Idaho

Sacred destination

On August 2 every year, millions take pilgrimage from various countries, cities and countrysides, some on their knees, to this famous church. The fountain emanating from the lower level behind the church spouts water that heals believers. Built in 1912 ne

2. Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )

Al sureste de Cartago | Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica Nature & Parks, Valleys
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 274 reviews

Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )

Reviewed By saraCR72 - San Jose, Costa RicaSan Jose, Costa Rica

Favorite place in Costa Rica - Shh - don't tell anyone!

Get out of the city and spend a day driving the loop around the Orosi valley. Great little restaurants, especially the one overlooking the football plaza in Orosi. Lots to do here - sightseeing, the Mirador, the green suspension bridge, Tapanti National P

3. Irazu Volcano National Park

Costa Rica Nature & Parks, Volcanos, National Parks
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
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4 based on 721 reviews

Irazu Volcano National Park

This park is centered around the largest volcano in the country, which has a surprising moon-like landscape.

Reviewed By schliek - Goes, The NetherlandsGoes, The Netherlands

Nice views and an impressive crater lake

Hi guys,We started at the Guayabo Lodge.We had a guide.We drove past the Turrialba volcano.The guide told us that the volcano has been explosively eruptive in recent years. In 2016 and in January, March and April 2017. Visitors used to be able to hike dow

4. Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Monuments & Statues, Ancient Ruins, Mysterious Sites, National Parks More
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 343 reviews

Guayabo National Park and Monument

The country's most significant archaeological site is a 540-acre city occupied between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 1400.

Reviewed By ginkeik - San Jose, Costa RicaSan Jose, Costa Rica

Went back after 40 years!

I recently visited this national park for the second time, the first being 40 years ago! And oh my, it is still as wondrous as ever. Access is very good, a bit over an hour from San José center, roads are surprisingly good (for Costa Rica...) and met the

5. Jardin Botanico Lankester

| 4 Km. Cartago and Paraiso Road, Nr. Bus Stop, Cartago, Costa Rica Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 375 reviews

Jardin Botanico Lankester

The Lankester Botanical Garden is a research center of the University of costa Rica, created in 1973 due to the international efforts of scientists and conservationists. Our mission is the research of orchids and other epiphytes to preserve our plante's biological diversity and to inspire and improve people's quiality of life

Reviewed By jodygodfrey - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Beautiful, educational, relaxing place very near the city

Tranquil place, beautiful gardens, unusual flowers, and cacti, well worth a visit. Bus from Cartago under $1. entrance fee $10 US. picnic tables available, as well as a patio. Bring snacks. Wheelchair accessible easy paths. Book guide in advance, although

6. Pacuare River

Cartago, Costa Rica Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
Excellent
91%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 132 reviews

Pacuare River

This beautiful river runs from the Caribbean Coast inland almost to Cartago.

Reviewed By pabr_s - Province of Guanacaste, Costa RicaProvince of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Amazing experience

I did the rafting there countless times, its amazing! The river can be brown from rain or light clear blue. The forest around, the waterfalls, the rocks, everything is magical. Off course a good set of guides make the difference, I went with the best! We

7. Tapanti National Park

| Edge of the Talamanca Range, near Cartago, Orosi, Costa Rica Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
62%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Tapanti National Park

Only an hour's drive from San Jose, this dense rainforest remains largely obscure.

Reviewed By madanavc - Costa RicaCosta Rica

Very clean and well maintained place

Been there 25 years ago and decided to take my family to this place.- Its beautiful; the place is extremely clean and the maintenance of the cabins is 10/10.- Bathrooms very clean and with toilet paper (something very rare to see)If you want to walk aroun

8. Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum

Across From the Soccer Field, Orosi, Costa Rica Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
49%
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40%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum

Reviewed By Will G - Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United StatesSheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

Not as impressive as the other reviews make it out to be

My girlfriend and I visited this church during our short stay in the Orosi valley. We chose to check out this church instead of other locales due to how highly it was reviewed on here. I unfortunately do not share the same sentiment as others as have duri

9. Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran

A 7 km al norte de la ciudad de Cartago y a unos 18 kilometros al sureste del Volcan Irazu, a una altitud de poco mas de 2,335 msnm., Cartago, Costa Rica Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
37%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Duran

Reviewed By Ricardo G

Spooky experience

El Sanatorio used to be an old hospital for Tuberculosis patients. This place is amazing, but spooky at the same time, there are old legends that say you can see noons walking around taking care of children in this place. This is near Irazu Volcano, so it

10. Ruins of the Church of Carthage

Cartago 30101, Costa Rica Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
Excellent
47%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Ruins of the Church of Carthage

Reviewed By Raroboy - CanadaCanada

Beautiful gardens

Are the ruins of the iglesia de la parroquia it got built in 1575, destroyed in the 1841 earthquake, rebuilt and then destroyed in the earthquake on April 13, 1910. Never got rebuilt. So happy they didn't tear down the walls. Is now a beautiful garden and

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