Places in Cartago Area
Named for a Huetar chief who lived here at the time of the conquest, Orosi charmed Spanish colonists in the 18th century with its perfect climate, rich soil and wealth of water – from lazy hot springs to bracing waterfalls. So, in the typical fashion of the day, they decided to take the property off Orosi’s hands.
Though the village of Paraíso isn't all that its name implies, it does lead to the wonderful Orosi Valley beyond. About 3km east of Cartago on the road to Paraíso, the University of Costa Rica runs the exceptional Lankester Gardens (look for a faded pink monolith marking the turnoff).
Tours and activities
Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
Ready for a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of San Jose? Ride the rails to nearby Cartago and enjoy a bike tour of the historical town! After a guided morning stroll, a 45-minute train trip takes you thro...
Tips and articles
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