Cartago is a more quiet province, where you can do plenty of exploring. Located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, this region is lush and gorgeous with soaring mountains, beautiful gardens, verdant farms and the lovely national parks. In the northeast of Cartago looms the active Volcan Irazu, the largest active volcano in the country. You can climb to the summit of this volcano to enjoy some breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Cartago is also known for its fantastic whitewater rafting at Turrialba. Here you can raft on the Rios Reventazón and Pacuare for an incredible ride.
There are not too many bars in Cartago province. However, there are a number of places where you can get a drink along with your meals. Most towns and villages in Cartago have plenty of restaurants, eateries and sodas, which serve alcoholic drinks such as beer and guaro. Most Ticos like to drink beer at the end of the day, after a hard day’s work. Imperial beer is the national beer in the country and is brought and sold nearly everywhere. For something a little more stronger, try guaro, which is a distilled sugarcane alcoholic drink, that is colorless and quite sour.
You can find a number of sodas and restaurants in Cartago and the Central Valley, where you can grab a drink. In Turrialba, you can find a number of restaurants and bars. One reason for this is Turrialba is a popular destination with tourists, who come here to whitewater raft down the Rio Reventazón or the Rio Pacuare. There are plenty of accommodations and sodas in town, where you can get a hot delicious meal along with a beer. Many hotels and inns in the area of Cartago, which have restaurants on their premises also serve drinks as well.