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Recent Cartago reviews

  • Wonderful Visit

    "My family of 6 had a wonderful time in the mountains of Sitio de Mata. This house was perfect for us - lots of room and the pool table, ping pong table and swimming pool were thoroughly enjoyed by my 4 children. The neighbor and tour guide Jose is wonderful. He made our trip fantastic. He arranged for us to go horseback riding, waterfall repelling (canyoning) and white water rafting. His mom cooked us a few dinners and he pointed out places for us to eat and shop in the community. Jose is truly a blessing. The views from the house are amazing. It was very relaxing to sit on the porches and enjoy the views. The town of Sitio de Mata was a highlight for our family as well. We enjoyed our walks from the house into town and being able to speak with the locals in the community. Everyone was extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. We spent 3 nights in the house - 4 days and hands down everyone in our family agrees - those were our best days in Costa Rica. There have been a lot of mixed reviews on the house itself. We enjoyed the house. The views can't be beat. It is important to know that you are in mountains and while it may not have all the fanciness of a 5 star resort it does have lots of room, lots of things to do and breathtaking views. We would definitely stay again if we visit Costa Rica again."
    Guest: Momma of Four Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 23, 2015
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  • A Wonderful Experience!

    "My wife and I along with our two children (11 & 13) travelled to Costa Rica in November of 2014. This was our 3rd trip to Costa Rica (previous was ’08 & ’09). One of our goals on this trip was to spend a bit more time in the Turrialba area and to connect more with locals. Also, as an adventurous family (we have a sea kayak company in British Columbia:, we were keen to do some river rafting. Finding Jose’s “Natural Paradise” was perfect as it seemed to satisfy all these goals. Initial communication with Jose was clear and concise - and gave us confidence to move ahead with more questions before booking. Since Jose and his brother Sergio are guides, they easily organized a rafting trip for us on the Pacuare River (what a great day!!). Staying at the family farm was not only peaceful and relaxing but it allowed us to connect with a kind and wonderful Costa Rican family. This kind of experience is priceless! In learning my kids love soccer (they brought a soccer ball with them…), Sergio was keen to organize a fun soccer match with some of his friends and my kids. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, as intense rains shut down the field on both days we tried to play. Regardless, the thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated! Relaxing at Natural Paradise, connecting with the Rivera family, experiencing their kind hospitality and partaking in some well-organized adventures was a highlight of our 2014 trip to Costa Rica."
    Guest: AdamV Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: February 28, 2015
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  • Perfect for vacationers who like to be "off the beaten track"

    "We truly enjoyed our recent stay at Los Motmotos del Rio Orosi! The house is large and comfortable and the caretakers Heriberto and Ana Maria were helpful, kind, and welcoming. One of the highlights was sitting on the balcony over breakfast of fresh fruit each morning and watching the many, many species of birds having their fruit that Heriberto put out for them each morning. The owner Dave has a great birding notebook that he has put together as well as an excellent reference book, and it was so fun to identify the species as we ate and drank coffee each morning. Dave also has a useful binder of local information that gave us great info on hikes, tours and restaurants---with this info in hand we were able to feel like we were living like locals do. AND... Dave's directions to the house and around the neighborhood are SO easy to follow. Gracias muchisimas a Dave, Heriberto, and Ana Maria for a FANTASTIC vacation."
    Guest: Anne S. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 16, 2015
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  • Ten stars for a five star rating!

    "We have stayed at VRBO places in a number of places and this is by far the best jewel we have come across. Everything is perfect. Nancy has it decorated beautifully and it is equipped with everything you could ever need. The bed is soooo comfortable. The location is a wonderful temperate climate, there are lots of things to do - we enjoyed Tapanti national park and enjoyed hiking and seeing lots of tropical birds. The property is amazing. Acres and acres of an amazing botanical garden, with lots of trails. The adorable dogs will show you all the paths! We also went to Irazu volcano, again an easy day trip, where we saw beautiful birds, flora and fauna. And the view was amazing. Steve and Nancy are the most gracious hosts. They are totally friendly, knowledgable and even made us fresh buns! We would go back there in an instant, and I don't think I can say that about any other VRBO places I have stayed at - so that says it all! Ross and Liz"
    Guest: Elizabeth M. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 30, 2015
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Cartago Travel Tips

Historical Ambiance at Cartago Vacation Rentals

Cartago is a historical delight and those that love to immerse themselves in history and culture will thoroughly enjoy visiting this destination. The city of Cartago was Costa Rica’s first capital city and founded by Spanish colonist Juan Vasquez de Coronado in 1563. Although it was almost completely destroyed by the eruption of the Irazu Volcano in 1723, it remained Costa Rica’s capital for another 100 years before this honor was moved to the modern day capital of San Jose. The entire city of Cartago is a World Heritage Site. The beautiful architecture and old world charm transports you into the past as you meander through the streets.

Sights to See near Cartago Villas

Perhaps the best way to get oriented in the city of Cartago is to join a guided historical tour. In this way, you can learn about the history and culture related to the different sights. Thereafter, you can seek out specific interests and explore further on your own. The city’s largest church is the Basilica de Nuestra Senora des Los Angeles. This impressive building is home to the famous Black Madonna who is believed by the locals to have healing powers. Each year many pilgrims come to visit the statue on the feast day of the Virgin of the Angels which is August the second.

Just to the north of Cartago is the smoking Irazu Volcano. An active volcano, its last eruption was in 1963. A visitors' center is located in one of the inactive craters and a short trail takes you to the rim of the volcano’s two active craters. Irazu is Costa Rica’s tallest and largest volcano. It’s said that on a clear day you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean from its summit. A second volcano is located not far from Irazu and known as Poas. Poas can be found in Costa Rica’s oldest national park and is one of the country’s most active volcanoes. The last time it erupted was in 1950 but its crater steams and bubbles on a regular basis. An observation deck has been built from where you can look down and see inside the bubbling crater.

Seasons to Visit Cartago Villas

Because of its location in the Central Valley, Cartago enjoys Costa Rico’s best climate. The dry season is from December to April and the greener, rainy season is from May to October. In general, the temperatures vary depending on if you are in the highlands or nearer to the coast. You can expect warm days with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the coast, and slightly cooler temperatures that drop to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night in the highlands. Most visitors come to Cartago in the dry season as the temperatures are mild and it’s easier to get around in the dryer conditions

Traveling to and Around Cartago

The city of Cartago is located close to San Jose which is the gateway to the rest of the Cartago province. The Juan Santamaria International Airport is also known as simply San Jose International Airport. It is a short 40-minute drive by car from the city of Cartago. Most North American and European carriers have regularly scheduled flights into San Jose. The airport also hosts other regional airlines from South America. Because it is so centrally located, the Juan Santamaria International Airport is the perfect travel hub into the region. Even the furthest attractions and cities are within a six-hour drive of the airport.

Local tour companies can provide transfers from the airport to most major tourist areas. Taxis provide service for shorter distances within towns and cities. If you want to explore independently, you may consider renting a car. This is often considered the best way to travel around as it is quite affordable and gives you the opportunity to get a more authentic experience of the country.

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