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Guidebook for Cartago

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Guidebook for Cartago

Food Scene
If you enjoy a good Argentinian style restaurant, this is the place for you. Order the "Bife de Chorizo" or if you go to lunch, take advantage of the executive menu for special prices.
El Novillo Alegre Cartago
If you enjoy a good Argentinian style restaurant, this is the place for you. Order the "Bife de Chorizo" or if you go to lunch, take advantage of the executive menu for special prices.
Sightseeing
At a 35-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B you'll find the beautiful secluded Orosi Valley, a peaceful place famous for its breathtaking surrounding mountains, perfect weather, and some of the best coffee in the world. Orosi is home to historical sites such as the oldest Catholic Church still in use in Costa Rica. It's also a great place for adventure travelers as you'll find rafting tours, canopy, and other attractions nearby.
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Orosi
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At a 35-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B you'll find the beautiful secluded Orosi Valley, a peaceful place famous for its breathtaking surrounding mountains, perfect weather, and some of the best coffee in the world. Orosi is home to historical sites such as the oldest Catholic Church still in use in Costa Rica. It's also a great place for adventure travelers as you'll find rafting tours, canopy, and other attractions nearby.
At a short 10 min. walk from Casa Mora B&B. Several Catholic churches were built here since 1575, all destroyed by earthquakes until the last attempt to rebuild it was canceled in 1910 after the Santa Monica earthquake. Today Las Ruinas is the perfect backdrop for cultural and social events. Pop Legend: two brothers, a bachelor and a priest, fell in love with the same woman, who married the bachelor, igniting the priest's fury. In 1577, during the New Year's mass, the priest killed his brother, and out of guilt built a church for the city. A year later, an earthquake destroyed the building and every building since, making people believe it was a cursed place.
Ruinas de la Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol
At a short 10 min. walk from Casa Mora B&B. Several Catholic churches were built here since 1575, all destroyed by earthquakes until the last attempt to rebuild it was canceled in 1910 after the Santa Monica earthquake. Today Las Ruinas is the perfect backdrop for cultural and social events. Pop Legend: two brothers, a bachelor and a priest, fell in love with the same woman, who married the bachelor, igniting the priest's fury. In 1577, during the New Year's mass, the priest killed his brother, and out of guilt built a church for the city. A year later, an earthquake destroyed the building and every building since, making people believe it was a cursed place.
It is one of the most important archeological sites in Central America. Inhabited approximately between 1000 BC and 1400 AD, it consists of Pre-Columbian stone roads, housing monticules, bridges, water tanks, aqueducts, and other historical infrastructure. It's an impressive site filled with history and traces of the first American civilizations. It's said that this was a commerce route between northern and southern American indigenous populations (Aztecs, Mayas, Incas, etc.). It's also a great place to go hiking through the Costa Rica rainforest with well-kept trails where you'll surely see a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna - great for birdwatching.
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Guayabo National Monument
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It is one of the most important archeological sites in Central America. Inhabited approximately between 1000 BC and 1400 AD, it consists of Pre-Columbian stone roads, housing monticules, bridges, water tanks, aqueducts, and other historical infrastructure. It's an impressive site filled with history and traces of the first American civilizations. It's said that this was a commerce route between northern and southern American indigenous populations (Aztecs, Mayas, Incas, etc.). It's also a great place to go hiking through the Costa Rica rainforest with well-kept trails where you'll surely see a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna - great for birdwatching.
At a 2-minute walk from Casa Mora B&B, it is a Roman Catholic Basilica built in 1639 in stunning Byzantine architecture. It is considered a Catholic religious art museum and it is also the epicenter of the annual “Romeria”, a world-famous pilgrimage that takes place on August the 2nd, in which near 2.5 million people from around the world come together to walk an average of 22 miles from San Jose to the Basilica.
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Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles
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At a 2-minute walk from Casa Mora B&B, it is a Roman Catholic Basilica built in 1639 in stunning Byzantine architecture. It is considered a Catholic religious art museum and it is also the epicenter of the annual “Romeria”, a world-famous pilgrimage that takes place on August the 2nd, in which near 2.5 million people from around the world come together to walk an average of 22 miles from San Jose to the Basilica.
Parks & Nature
At a short 15 min. drive from Casa Mora B&B, the Jardín Botánico Lankester was initially the private botanic garden of the British naturist Charles H. Lankaster, which was donated to the Universidad de Costa Rica in 1973 and it has become one of the most active botanic institutions in the Neotropics. This is a great place to relax and enjoy picture perfect landscaping.
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Lankester Botanical Garden
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At a short 15 min. drive from Casa Mora B&B, the Jardín Botánico Lankester was initially the private botanic garden of the British naturist Charles H. Lankaster, which was donated to the Universidad de Costa Rica in 1973 and it has become one of the most active botanic institutions in the Neotropics. This is a great place to relax and enjoy picture perfect landscaping.
At a 45-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B, Tapanti covers 12,500 acres of lower montane and pre-montane rainforest, and it boasts 45 mammal species, 400 bird species, 28 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a huge insect population. If you're a botanic enthusiast you'll love this fact, 3 new species of Lepanthes orchids were discovered in there in 2009, and it remains their only known habitat.
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Tapantí National Park
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At a 45-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B, Tapanti covers 12,500 acres of lower montane and pre-montane rainforest, and it boasts 45 mammal species, 400 bird species, 28 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a huge insect population. If you're a botanic enthusiast you'll love this fact, 3 new species of Lepanthes orchids were discovered in there in 2009, and it remains their only known habitat.
A 25-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B will take you to one of the preferred destinations for one day tours for hiking and birdwatching. It offers 16 kilometers (10 miles) of well-kept trails. Exploring the park can take up to 4-5 hours stopping to enjoy the surrounding nature. You can plan to go alone or on a tour. If you're going alone consider planning for a picnic, you won't regret it!
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Sector Prusia Irazu Volcano
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A 25-minute drive from Casa Mora B&B will take you to one of the preferred destinations for one day tours for hiking and birdwatching. It offers 16 kilometers (10 miles) of well-kept trails. Exploring the park can take up to 4-5 hours stopping to enjoy the surrounding nature. You can plan to go alone or on a tour. If you're going alone consider planning for a picnic, you won't regret it!
At a short 30 min. drive or taxi ride from Casa Mora B&B, the Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It is easily visited, with a road leading right up to the summit craters and a weekly bus service to the top. It's a popular tourist spot. From the top, you can to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. There you'll find primary and secondary montane forests, making it a great place to hike and to enjoy nature.
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Irazú Volcano
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At a short 30 min. drive or taxi ride from Casa Mora B&B, the Irazú Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. It is easily visited, with a road leading right up to the summit craters and a weekly bus service to the top. It's a popular tourist spot. From the top, you can to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. There you'll find primary and secondary montane forests, making it a great place to hike and to enjoy nature.
Arts & Culture
A quick 10 min. walk from Casa Mora B&B. It's well worth a visit. Steps away from Las Ruinas, it is a wonderfully restored former Military Institution and the perfect setting for a remarkable collection of historical artifacts and rotating art exhibits. There is an amazing mural honoring aboriginal cultural and one of the famous indigenous stone spheres (petrosphere) which its manufacturing techniques remain a mystery for archeologists. The perfectly manicured gardens at the main entrance are beautiful as well. Admission is free!
Cartago Municipal Museum
Calles 2-4 Avenida 6
A quick 10 min. walk from Casa Mora B&B. It's well worth a visit. Steps away from Las Ruinas, it is a wonderfully restored former Military Institution and the perfect setting for a remarkable collection of historical artifacts and rotating art exhibits. There is an amazing mural honoring aboriginal cultural and one of the famous indigenous stone spheres (petrosphere) which its manufacturing techniques remain a mystery for archeologists. The perfectly manicured gardens at the main entrance are beautiful as well. Admission is free!
Shopping
Great restaurant and shop selection.
Paseo Metrópoli
Great restaurant and shop selection.