Cartago is located in the heart of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. It’s a town rich in history and cultural significance. Surrounded by picturesque mountain landscapes, Cartago offers a unique blend of past and present.

Big Farmers Market

One of its standout attractions is the bustling farmers’ market, where locals and visitors alike come to explore an array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and traditional Costa Rican cuisine. It’s a vibrant hub of activity where you can taste the flavors of the region and connect with the warm-hearted people who call Cartago home.

In our YouTube video, we start our walking tour at the market so you can get a first hand look at what to expect during your trip to Cartago. Given that it’s in the Central Valley area, you will always be able to find the freshest produce.

Church Ruins

At the heart of Cartago’s historical charm lies the iconic ruins of the Santiago Apostol Parish Church. These ancient remnants transport visitors back in time to the early days of Spanish colonization. Destroyed by earthquakes in the 18th century, the ruins now stand as a powerful testament to the town’s enduring spirit. Surrounded by serene gardens and with the majestic Irazú Volcano as a backdrop, the ruins provide a tranquil and reflective space for visitors to soak in the rich history and cultural heritage of Cartago.

Cartago’s location, nestled in the lush landscapes of the Central Valley, also makes it a gateway to exploring the natural wonders of the region. From its vibrant markets to its historical treasures and access to Costa Rica’s beautiful countryside, Cartago invites vacationers to experience the essence of this diverse and captivating country.

If you're heading out for an adventure, you're going to need some cold watch and snacks. Pick up a backpack cooler, which has ample room for what you'll need while you enjoy the beach. There is an added benefit of freeing up your hands to carry the fun stuff!

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We also upload ambient videos and walking tours of the locations that we visit, check out that channel Here. This channel has Ambient Walks from San Isidro de El General and The Butterfly Dome

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