Surrounded by the Irazú and Turrialba Volcanoes in the north and Mount Chirripó in the south, the interior province of Cartago remains the historical and cultural center of Costa Rica. It caters to 8 provinces and 51 districts against a beautiful backdrop of lush farm lands, coffee plantations and sugar cane fields.
The province has some of the greatest biological diversity, encompassing the largest natural forest resource in Costa Rica with comfortable weather and endless spectacular green hills.
Start your eco-vacation at the eco lodges and hotels in Cartago and experience nature in its purest. The eco hotels here are ideal retreats for seclusion seekers. Set amidst acres of tropical forest, lush plantations, these eco lodges are the exclusive hideaways with great accommodations
Various private reserves in Cartago offer several diverse trails through the verdant landscape and amazing waterfalls along with other facilities. Enjoy exhilarating and scenic white water rafting at the wild Pacuare River or take to the fascinating bird watching trails. Most eco hotels also offer guided tours of the various biological reserves and the rainforest while some offer great views of the entire region with spacey rooms and a wide range of activities on nearby beaches.
There are not many eco hotels or lodges in Cartago but some of them worth mentioning are the Selva Bananito Lodge and the Volcan Turrialba Lodge. These eco hotels make a perfect base for exploring the tropical forests and the mountain ranges of the region.
Today’s Cartago is a bustling industrial city with impressive landmarks, pre-Columbian ruins, majestic volcanoes, white-water rivers, old churches, museums and national parks. The popular national parks of Cartago include Tapanti National Park, Chirripo National Park, Irazu Volcano National Park and the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, in the Central Valley area is one of the oldest national park with the most active volcano. These parks are teeming with exotic flora and fauna, making them the biggest tourist attraction after the historical landmarks.
The varied landscapes of the region have created a number of microclimates that range from the gorgeous rainforests to the lush orchid gardens. Although most part of the province remains dry, the overall elevation of the province has given it really cool temperatures and the climate remains pleasant throughout the year, making it an ideal tourist destination.
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