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Cartago Province

Flag of Cartago
Official seal of Cartago
Nickname(s): Brumosos
Country Costa Rica
Capital city Cartago (pop. 156,600)
 • Total 3,124 km2 (1,206 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 490,903
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code CR-C
Colegio San Luis Gonzaga
Museo Municipal de Cartago

Cartago, (Spanish pronunciation: ), 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.


  • Geography 1
  • Cantons 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


It is located in the central part of the country and borders the provinces of Limón Province to the east and San Jose Province 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[1] and has a population of 490,903.[2] 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.


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. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Resultados Generales Censo 2011 p. 22

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