Things to do in Cartago

Top Things to Do in Cartago

Things to Do in Cartago

Top Attractions in Cartago

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What travellers are saying

  • Ralph R
    Lantana, FL54 contributions
    It was a fantastic idea . Great place to visit and worship …nice area , and great places to eat .. just walk and enjoy 😊
    Written 15 August 2021
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  • James M
    Lakeland, FL694 contributions
    Beautiful garden, and I have never seen so many orchids. They had hundreds of them and all blooming.

    This is a 26-acre park, and you can see all of it in a leisurely stride in about an hour or so. We happened to stumble in on a Sunday, and they were lots of families having picnics and just hanging out.

    There are different themed areas in the gardens, including a koi pond and plenty of incredible plant life to explore.

    The cafe was closed due to covid, but the gift shop was open, and the day we stopped in, there was a food vendor in the park.

    Parking can be limited and the road to the garden is very rough. Well worth the visit.
    Written 21 March 2021
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  • thepostie2010
    Barnstaple, UK860 contributions
    Simply stunning experience. The scenery takes your breath away at times and rapids make you laugh with joy.
    Written 28 March 2022
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  • Kaela
    Seattle, WA1 094 contributions
    We love visiting “creepy” places so this was a must do for my group when visiting Costa Rica. About 30-45 min drive outside San Jose, this abandoned location was spooky and really interesting to walk around. We learned at the National Museum that they used to treat tuberculosis here, but it’s been abandoned for decades. We were the only visitors on this rainy day which added to the ambience.

    Walking around I couldn’t help but feel like this experience could be so much more with some restorations and work put in. My friend (a San Jose local) said they are starting the process to restore and spruce it up a little, which is encouraging. The empty halls are interesting in their own right but I would have loved to get a more in depth history on the rooms or the people who lived and worked there. As other reviewers said it reminded me a lot of Alcatraz and I think the location would benefit hugely from an audio tour or live guide. The admission charge of around $2 US per person could be upped a LOT with a little bit of TLC and this could be a real live tourist attraction. The only downside to that would be increased traffic in my opinion, since the emptiness really added to the whole experience. Overall my group loved it and were happy to have stopped - I look forward to seeing what this area could become in the future.
    Written 13 June 2019
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  • JamesFFC
    Maidenhead, UK653 contributions
    A nice park and fairly impressive ruins but you can't go inside and there isn't a whole lot to see once you've walked once around the ruins. Fairly impressive for a onetime visit but I wouldn't rush back.
    Written 16 November 2020
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  • LaLaOntheRoad
    New York City, NY284 contributions
    The parish ruins located off Playa Mayor in Cartago is a beautiful landmark of the old Costa Rican capital of Cartago. It has been transformed from ruins to a beautiful public park with very nice gardens and art surrounding. The park is not always open to the public so check in advance schedules. A great spot to stop when visiting Cartago, worth 15-30 mins to admire the architecture and gardens.
    Written 1 February 2020
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  • Fdelgado
    Piedades, Costa Rica19 contributions
    It’s a farm dedicated to grow roses. The owner Luis Vega has dedicated many years to investigation and development of beautiful hybrids and he is well-known internationally. Highly recommended after visiting the Basilica, particularly if you go there by car.
    Written 11 March 2018
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  • sueanncanny
    Cartago, Costa Rica249 contributions
    It is really majestic and one of the stops too visit while in coast a Rica on the August 2nd the coasran Ricans will travel from their homes to the church. The people that live in Cartago take the bus to San Jose and walk to the church. It is something to see.
    Written 21 July 2016
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  • gab
    Cartago, Costa Rica16 contributions
    well...this is a market...not much different from market in middle east or asia...certainly you can buy fresh and cheap products there...this is more for locals....but if you are a tourist no problem to go
    Written 1 November 2016
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  • taem111
    South Burlington, VT105 contributions
    The building itself preserves the look and feel of its original use (heavy barred cells which have been converted to music practice rooms offices and lavatories. the exhibit spaces are open, well lit and uncluttered. I will say that one of the rooms should be dedicated to orthopedic surgeons, since the floor is well enough polished to present a challenge to old folk such as myself. No fractures however. There were multiage stringed instrument practices under way which gave a cheerful feel that this was not a museum where you would be shushed for talking in a normal voice. The exhibition, mainly sculpture was intriguing and the permanent mural in the downstairs space covering centuries of CR history is worth looking at. Outside, there was a collection of about a dozen welded steel scultures by a local artist set in a carefully manicured well worth an hour's visit.
    Written 1 December 2018
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  • hirshcashdan
    San Pedro de Atacama, Chile42 contributions
    Savegre Hotel has extensive private grounds with several, graded trails, though strangely the shortest one is not the easiest. The environment of the hotel itself is beautiful with many flowered plants in all the areas around the main building and the cabins. This attracts many birds and you hardly need to go any further! Viewing the quetzals involves getting up pre-dawn and being driven to a suitable by expert guide Marino who has eyes for spotting birds you just would not credit. He found us both male and female as well as several other lovely birds. The hotel is efficient and helpful but it is large and the atmosphere feels a little formal, Our cabin was big with a humungous sized bed (great if you don't want to be friendly in the night!). At night it i cold and there is a wood fire laid ready for you to strike a match (matches and firelighters provided) but regrettably the wood provided was not dry enough to take so we had to make do with the small electric heater, Meals are all buffet style with masses of choice, generally tasty but you may need to experiment to find what you really like.
    Written 23 February 2019
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  • Fess S
    Tucson, AZ315 contributions
    Turrialba Volcano

    Cartago

    Awesome view in early morning

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    I had to first register (although tripadvisor won't let me put the national park webpage) so find them on facebook and ask them to send you the link in how to pay. They will send you a confirmation email and then you need to pay it at the bank (if you are a foreigner) and then email them the confirmation. It was easy although a bit of a pain and when I was at the volcano I did see a couple who had just showed up.

    I slept 200 meters away at a super lodge that charged me as a single just 12,500-Albergue Cortijo El Quetzal 8822-4918. I can't believe it was so cheap and you would need 4X4 for the last bit down their driveway otherwise park on the top and walk. The cabin had a full kitchen, wifi, 2 stories, hot water and very nice host- although bring your own food.

    I did the first tour at 6:00am to be the weather although the guide said it can vary at any time of the day- but our weather was perfect so going first thing is probably a good idea. There were only 3 in this group and the rest much bigger groups- I went on a weekend.

    The walk with a guide is really pointless as there is a road all the way to the top but that is the only way. I really enjoyed the trip.
    Written 8 May 2021
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  • laplantes
    redmond, WA102 contributions
    This place covers a lot of territory.

    The hillside is steep (but heck, you are in Costa Rica, what should you expect?). the switchbacks are sharp. We really had to work on our skills. The ride up took about 4 times as long as the ride down
    Written 4 November 2017
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  • TortuosoTraveler
    Mexico City, Mexico336 contributions
    The place is beautiful and like all Costa Rica, very green and pleasant. It is important to mention that More than ruins is a parochial temple that was never finished for different reasons and now it is only the vestige of a construction, however it is a must stop in many of the tours and it will not take much time, so if You see it as part of a tour, take it and enjoy it.
    Written 26 February 2019
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