Buenos Aires (canton)

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Buenos Aires
Flag of Buenos Aires
Official seal of Buenos Aires
Location of Buenos Aires Canton in Puntarenas Province
Location of Buenos Aires Canton in Puntarenas Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Puntarenas
 • Total 2,384.22 km2 (920.55 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 48,706
 • Density 20/km2 (53/sq mi)

Buenos Aires is the third canton in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 2,384.22 km²,[1] and has a population of 48,706.[2] Its capital city is also called Buenos Aires.


The canton includes a portion of the Cordillera de Talamanca along its northeastern border. The valleys of the Río General, Rio Coto Brus and Río Térraba form the core of the canton, and coastal mountain ranges set the limits on the southeast side.

The canton of Buenos Aires is subdivided into 9 distritos (districts).

  1. Buenos Aires
  2. Volcán
  3. Potrero Grande
  4. Boruca
  5. Pilas
  6. Colinas
  7. Chánguena
  8. Biolley
  9. Brunka


A law of June 26, 1914, created a canton by the name of "De Osa". This new entity encompassed much of the national territory of southernmost Costa Rica. The town of Buenos Aires became the new canton's capital. A law approved on July 29, 1940, split off a coastal portion of the canton and gave it the original name of the region, "Osa". The remaining area of the original canton was renamed "Buenos Aires", assuming the name of its capital city.


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

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Coordinates: 9°05′20″N 83°16′07″W / 9.08889°N 83.26861°W / 9.08889; -83.26861