Alvarado (canton)

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Municipalidad Alvarado.JPG
Flag of Alvarado
Official seal of Alvarado
Location of Alvarado Canton in Cartago Province
Location of Alvarado Canton in Cartago Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela
Founded 9 July 1908
 • Total 81.06 km2 (31.30 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 14,589
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)

Alvarado is the sixth canton in the province of Cartago in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 81.06 km²,[1] and has a population of 14,589[2] The capital city of the canton is Pacayas.


The defunct Caribbean railway line delineates a portion of the southern boundary of the oval-shaped canton, along with the Río Reventazón. The Río Turrialba on the east and the Río Birrís on the west help establish the canton's northern limits, which reach into the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range).

The canton of Alvarado is subdivided into 3 distritos (districts).

District Population
Pacayas 5,690
Cervantes 6,382
Capellades 2,517


The canton was established by a decree of July 9, 1908.


  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC

Coordinates: 9°55′N 83°48′W / 9.917°N 83.800°W / 9.917; -83.800