Cartago, Costa Rica

Jan 7, 2021 | World Travel

Cartago, Costa Rica

Founded in 1563 by the conquistador Juan Vasquez de Coronado, Cartago was once the capital city of Costa Rica. Coronado said he had “never seen a more beautiful place”, so the Spanish built the most majestic colonial buildings. Over the next 160 years Cartago was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1732 and numerous, devastating earthquakes continued the destruction. In 1832 San Jose took over as the cultural and entertainment center of the country and became the capital city. Cartago is home to ancient ruins and monuments and is itself considered a National Monument. It is becoming a popular destination with nature and adventure lovers as well as history and culture buffs. The temperate climate, extensive plant life and natural beauty of the land has tourism rocketing.


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