The province is located in the center of Costa Rica, on the central volcanic axis of the country, without access to the coasts. Its mountainous relief is formed by two mountain ranges: the Central one, where the Irazú volcanoes are found, the highest in the country, and the Turrialba volcano, and the Talamanca mountain range, where the highest hill in Costa Rica, the Chirripó stands out with 3819 meters above sea level.
Regarding the climate, Cartago has a temperate climate, meaning, cool and cold days are interspersed. Due to its geographical position, Costa Rica has microclimates, so it is not surprising to find areas in Cartago with a warmer climate, such as the Turrialba, Cachí and Orosi valleys.
Today, Cartago has a population of more than 150,000 inhabitants and thanks to the fertile volcanic soils and the mild climate, agriculture continues to be one of the most important economic means for the ‘Cartagineses’. Likewise, tourism plays a fundamental role in the local economy given the spectacular viewpoints, active volcanoes such as Turrialba and Irazú, waterfalls, hiking trails, National Parks, MTB routes and endless adventure activities such as rafting, paragliding. , canyoning, kayaking, among others. Its proximity to the Caribbean coast and the Cerro de la Muerte, places Cartago in a strategic position to enjoy the beach and mountains.
Cartago is located an hour and a half from the Juan Santamaría international airport, connecting with San José by a highway that is currently being expanded, reducing travel time to other areas for a long time. For these and many other benefits, foreigners have chosen to make Cartago their retirement area, gaining access to the best of both worlds: life in the mountains and in the city.
A relevant fact is that this province has the highest level of literacy in the country. It has numerous educational institutions and universities, being the headquarters of one of the most important engineering schools in Central America, the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.