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Church in Cartago

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles

Cartago's most important site, and Costa Rica's most venerated religious shrine, this basilica exudes Byzantine grace, with fine stained-glass windows, hand-painted interiors and ornate side chapels featuring carved…
Market in Cartago

Mercado Central

This old-school covered market is conveniently located right around the corner from the bus and train stations that serve San José. It's fun just to wander the labyrinth of aisles, where you'll find fresh produce an…
Costa Rican in Cartago

La Puerta del Sol

Located downstairs from Los Ángeles Lodge and decorated with vintage photos of Cartago, this pleasant restaurant has been around since 1957 and serves myriad Tico specialties, from ceviche (seafood marinated in lemo…
Ruins in Cartago

Las Ruinas de la Parroquia

This now-ruined church was built in 1575 as a shrine to St James the Apostle. It was destroyed by the 1841 earthquake, rebuilt a few years later and then destroyed again in the 1910 earthquake. Today only the outer …