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Recent Cartago reviews

  • Truly Unique Mountain Adventure!

    "We were lucky enough to find Finca Good Life, and spend a fantastic two weeks with Michele & Ray, and their menagerie of animals... including 14 goats, 3 and sometimes 4 dogs, 4 geese, a cat, a rooster and 10 hens. We stayed in their beautiful cabina, and were made to feel like family as they welcomed us into their daily lives. And those goats!!! OMG!!! We learned so much about the goats and their adorable individual personalities! Who knew??!!! We recommend Finca Good Life... if you want a unique, restful, stress free vacation in a peaceful, serene setting!"
    Guest: Barbara M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 24, 2014
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  • Beautiful views

    "We had a wonderful experience at the house. The location is stunning with a wonderful panoramic view of the valley. The house is very large with lots of room to stretch out and relax. We brought our own food and were a bit worrried we wouldnt have what we needed but were very happy to find the kitchen was fully equipped. The house is very close to Turrialba and has easy access to all kinds of fun activities. We will definitely be returning soon."
    Guest: D.J. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 26, 2014
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  • Paradise and beyond!

    "Paradise Peak villa on Steve and Nancy's "tropical plant finca" was a dream come true. The beauty of the villa, accommedations, amenities and the property all sum up to a magnificent place to stay. There are plenty of activites in the surrounding area; overlooks, historical, rainforest, cloud forest, shops, bars, restaraunts and more. We (my husband and I) enjoyed driving around all the little towns, waving at all the friendly people, relaxing and taking in the gorgeous views from narrow winding mountain roads. We enjoyed all the attention from the 3 lady rotti's as we were missing our own pets. They are super well behaved and friendly. You could see they enjoyed meeting and keeping company with the new guests. Steve and Nancy are super friendly, helpful and interesting people to spend time with. Don't forget to spend time in the tropical gardens on the property and sample friuts straight from the trees. Our 4 nights there were definitely not enough...we didn't want to leave. We will just have to come back soon!"
    Guest: pandafrog Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 6, 2014
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  • Amazing/ Unforgettable Experience!!

    "Me and my sister stayed in Costa Rica for the summer learning spanish. Upon our arrival the family picked us up from the airport in San Jose with snacks and open arms. They took time to stop in Cartago and showed us a church and beautiful city attractions! The home we stayed in was breathtaking, well kept, clean, and had an amazing view of the family farm. Not only was the coffee the best I have ever had the mother cooked us delicious traditional Costa Rican dishes that ended up being some of the best food I had the entire summer! I would highly recommend staying here! It was a wonderful experience and I would 100% return!!!"
    Guest: Laurb Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: September 29, 2014
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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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