Cartago, Valle del Cauca

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Municipality and city
Cathedral of Cartago
Cathedral of Cartago
Flag of Cartago
Official seal of Cartago
Location of the municipality and town of Cartago, Colombia in the Valle del Cauca Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Cartago, Colombia in the Valle del Cauca Department of Colombia.
Cartago is located in Colombia
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°42′N 75°55′W / 4.700°N 75.917°W / 4.700; -75.917
Country  Colombia
Department Valle del Cauca Department
Founded 1540
 • Total 279 km2 (108 sq mi)
Elevation 917 m (3,009 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 124,242
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cartagüeño
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 57 + 2
Climate Af
Website Official website (Spanish)

Cartago (Spanish pronunciation: [kaɾˈtaɣo]) is a city in southwestern Colombia, about 187 miles west of Bogotá. It is in the extreme northern portion of the Valle del Cauca Department. It is located very close to the city of Pereira, about a 20 minute drive. It is the fourth largest city in Valle after Cali, Palmira, and Tuluá. In 2003, it had a population of approximately 132,000 inhabitants.


Cartago features warm weather, about 30 degrees Celsius or more on a typical day with 80% dryness. The city is home to multiple farmhouses and farm owners, recreational sites, discos and condos frequented by people coming from Pereira.


The University of Valle has a branch campus in Cartago. The main Universidad del Valle campus is based in Cali, the department capital. The Cartago branch campus address is located at Calle 10 N° 19-05. Private institutions include the Instituto Técnico Colombiano, INTEC Cartago and Sena Institute.


Artesanías (handcrafted products) are sold in several roadside shop in the city.

An 1856 watercolor of a mestizo couple in a roadside shop by Manuel María Paz is an early depiction of Cartago.[1] Afro Colombians also resided in the town at that time.[2]

Festivals include:

  • Festival Pedro Morales Pino de Música Andina Colombiana (February 22 - March 4)
  • Feria de diseño independiente LAS PULGAS, organized by 3VECES. (March and December)
  • Encuentro Nacional de las Familias que Cantan, organized by EL CONSERVATORIO PEDRO MORALES PINO (July)


  • Aeropuerto de Santa Ana
  • Matecaña International Airport, serves the nearby city of Pereira
  • Cartago has an extensive network for taxis in the city, as well as minibuses (called Busetas).

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Paz, Manuel María. "Guahibo Indians, Province of Casanare". World Digital Library. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  2. ^ Paz, Manuel María. "Portrait of a Black Man from Cartago, Province of Cauca". World Digital Library. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 

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Coordinates: 4°42′N 75°55′W / 4.700°N 75.917°W / 4.700; -75.917