8 days in Province of Cartago Itinerary

8 days in Province of Cartago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Province of Cartago trip planner

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Fly to Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Drive to Turrialba
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Drive to Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Fly to Orlando International Airport



— 3 nights
Turrialba is known for adventure, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, experience rural life at Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, get outside with Costa Rica Experience, and stroll through Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Turrialba tour builder app.

Orlando, USA to Turrialba is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in May, expect nights in Turrialba to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cartago.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
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— 4 nights
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum in Orosi (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Cartago, hunt for treasures at Cartago Central Market, and head outdoors with Mirador de Ujarras.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cartago trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Turrialba to Cartago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartago

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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Province of Cartago travel guide

Churches · Volcanos · River Rafting & Tubing
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. It is at an elevation of about 1435 m (some 4,707 ft) above sea level, at the base of the Irazú Volcano. Cartago is the capital of Cartago province, and was the capital of Costa Rica from 1574 to 1824. The city covers an area of 152,68 km². It includes the districts of city downtown: Oriental, Occidental (known as the typical downtown area), San Nicolás (the main entrance to the city, at west), El Carmen (north), Dulce Nombre, San Francisco (at south, San Francisco is known commonly as Aguacaliente), and Guadalupe (Arenilla). The city is part, with the cities of San Rafael de Oreamuno and Tejar del Guarco, of a continuous urban area that, in 2008, had a population of 156,600 inhabitants, according to the Statistics and Census Institute of Costa Rica.HistoryFounded in 1563 by Juan Vasquez de Coronado, it was the first successful establishment in Costa Rica. The city was granted a coat of arms by King Philip II of Spain in 1565, and the title of Muy Noble y Muy Leal ("Very Noble and Very Loyal") by the Cortes (Spanish Parliament) in 1814. It served as the first capital of Costa Rica until 1823, when Republican leader Gregorio Jose Ramirez, moved the capital to the bigger city of San José, because Cartago wanted to unite the newly independent province of Costa Rica to the Iturbide's Mexican Empire while San Jose and Alajuela supported a Republican system. The city was severely damaged by major earthquakes in 1822, 1841 and 1910. In 1963, a volcanic eruption of Irazu Volcano which for two years covered San José in ash badly damaged some agricultural areas around Cartago, but not the city.