Welcome to Cartago
Cartago exists mainly as a commercial and residential center, though the beauty of the surrounding mountains helps take the edge off modern life. As in other commercial towns, expect plenty of functional concrete structures. Two worthy exceptions, however, are the striking ruins of the Santiago Apóstol Parish, an ancient site home to a number of churches since 1575, and the bright white Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles. The latter is visible from many parts of the city – it stands out like a snowcapped mountain above a plain of one-story edifices. The city is thrown briefly into the spotlight every August, when pilgrims from every corner of the country descend on the basilica to say their most serious prayers.