Cartago Tourism, Costa Rica

Visit Cartago - Best of Cartago

Cartago (Spanish pronunciation: [kaɾˈtaɣo]) is a city in Costa Rica, about 25 km (16 mi) east of the capital, San José. It is at an elevation of about 1435 m (some 4,707 ft) above sea level, at the base of the Irazú Volcano. Cartago is the capital of Cartago province, and was the capital of Costa Rica from 1574 to 1824. The city covers an area of 152,68 km². It includes the districts of city downtown: Oriental, Occidental (known as the typical downtown area), San Nicolás (the main entrance to the city, at west), El Carmen (north), Dulce Nombre, San Francisco (at south, San Francisco is known commonly as Aguacaliente), and Guadalupe (Arenilla). The city is part, with the cities of San Rafael de Oreamuno and Tejar del Guarco, of a continuous urban area that, in 2008, had a population of 156,600 inhabitants, according to the Statistics and Census Institute of Costa Rica.


This warm abode of Cartago is a delightful place to visit in Costa Rica. After your splendid visit to Cartago, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Jaco. Take a short trip from Cartago and set some time aside to explore the Jaco. Dotted with places like Costa Rica Waterfall Tours, Jaco Beach, Atv Adventure Tours Costa Rica; it will definitely be a good idea. To explore Cartago, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

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Facts and Stats for Cartago*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cartago

    Know the pollution level of Cartago before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.38 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 51.09 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70.65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23.91 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 67.39 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 42.86 (Moderate)
  • Cartago: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cartago for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cartago.

    • Burglary and Theft 50.93 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 64.35 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 62.74 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.57 (High)
    • Attacks 39.81 (Low)
    • Drug offense 62.04 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.09 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 23.18 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 24.04 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 8.96 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 59.43 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cartago - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cartago is 120.88 (High)

    • Safety Index 46.49 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 99.48 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 53.24 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 66.84 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 58.8 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 62.99 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.5 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 53.94 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cartago

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cartago

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.19 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 61.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 102.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 71.37 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

Cartago Travel Guides

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Cartago Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cartago

  • Save 20% Cartago City And Irazu Volcano National Park
    Cartago City And Irazu Volcano National Park

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Done visiting the popular and crowded tourist attractions? Now explore the rugged landscapes of Costa Rica on this fascinatin...

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  • Save 20% Irazu Volcano - Orosi Valley - Lankester Garden
    Irazu Volcano - Orosi Valley - Lankester Garden

    Duration: 1 Days

    Spanning two cities- the previous capital city of Cartago and the present capital city of San jose, this tour takes you on a ...

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  • Save 20% Orosi Valley and Lankaster Gardens
    Orosi Valley and Lankaster Gardens

    Duration: 1 Days

    On this absorbing tour, you will be visiting the top tourist attractions in the cities of San jose and Cartago. The tour&rsqu...

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