Cartago Province

Cartago (Spanish pronunciation: [kaɾˈtaɣo]), which means Carthage in Spanish, is a province of central Costa Rica. It is one of the smallest provinces, however probably the richest of the Spanish Colonial era sites and traditions.

Flag of Cartago
Official seal of Cartago
Cartago in Costa Rica.svg
Coordinates: 9°48′N 83°39′W / 9.800°N 83.650°W / 9.800; -83.650Coordinates: 9°48′N 83°39′W / 9.800°N 83.650°W / 9.800; -83.650
CountryCosta Rica
Capital cityCartago (pop. 156,600)
 • Total3,124.61 km2 (1,206.42 sq mi)
 • Total490,903
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeCR-C
HDI (2019)0.807[1]
very high · 3rd of 7
Colegio San Luis Gonzaga
Museo Municipal de Cartago


It is located in the central part of the country and borders the provinces of Limón to the east and San Jose to the west.

The capital is Cartago; until 1823 it was also the capital of Costa Rica, which is now San José. The province covers an area of 3,124.61 km²[2] and has a population of 490,903.[3] It is subdivided into eight cantons and is connected to San José via a four-lane highway.

The highest peak is Cerro de la Muerte at 3,600 meters above sea level, and the lowest point of the province is Turrialba, which is 90 meters above sea level.[citation needed]


Cartago is the residence of the Primera Division Team, the Club Sport Cartaginés, which play in the Estadio Jose Rafael Fello Meza, located at the south of the city of Cartago, in Barrio Asís.


Name Capital Area (km²) Census 2000 Foundation Law
Cartago Cartago 287.77 132,006 Law 36 of December 7, 1848
Paraíso Paraíso 411.91 52,243 Law 36 of December 7, 1848
La Unión Tres Ríos 44.83 80,664 Law 36 of December 7, 1848
Jiménez Juan Viñas 286.43 14,103 Law 84 of August 19, 1903
Turrialba Turrialba 1,642.67 68,495 Law 84 of August 19, 1903
Alvarado Pacayas 81.06 12,160 Law 28 of July 9, 1908
Oreamuno San Rafael 202.31 39,160 Law 68 of August 17, 1914
El Guarco Tejar 167.69 34,092 Law 195 of July 26, 1939



  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  3. ^ Resultados Generales Censo 2011 Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine p. 22

External linksEdit

  Media related to Cartago Province at Wikimedia Commons