Cartago (canton)

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Cartago is the name of the first canton in the province of Cartago in Costa Rica.[1] The canton covers an area of 287.77 square kilometres (111.11 sq mi),[2] and has a population of 140,686 (estimate as of 2003).[3] The city of Cartago is the capital city of the canton, and although, the provincial capital of province of Cartago.

Cartago is a T-shaped canton stretching southeast from its capital city to encompass a thin swatch of the Cordillera de Talamanca (Talamanca Mountain Range), and including portions of the Interamericana (Pan-American Highway).


The canton of Cartago is subdivided into 11 districts (distritos)[1]

  1. Oriental
  2. Occidental
  3. Carmen (El Carmen)
  4. San Nicolás (also known as Taras)
  5. Aguacaliente (also known as San Francisco)
  6. Guadalupe (also known as Arenilla)
  7. Corralillo
  8. Tierra Blanca
  9. Dulce Nombre
  10. Llano Grande
  11. Quebradilla


Cartago was first mentioned as a canton in a decree dated December 7, 1848.


  1. ^ a b "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  3. ^ Estimates of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC), May 2003.

Coordinates: 9°51′09″N 83°55′26″W / 9.85251°N 83.923874°W / 9.85251; -83.923874