What better way to celebrate than by tasting and toasting over Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Company's artisinal beers, riverrunning the Reventazon River, or refreshing in the thermal pools at Balneario Aguas Termals Los Patios? In Cartago, Costa Rica, there is spirituality, history, and adventure in the air; this precious land land has survived and thrived after two natural disasters -first an earthquake, and then the fiery eruption of Volcan Irazu, resulted in the demolishment of most of its structures, and many of its people. Today, Cartago is alive and well Every August, over 2 million pilgrims make a 22 kilometer spiritual journey to the Basilca de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, many of them on their knees, originating from various points throughout Costa Rica
Cartago also contains Costa Rica's rainiest and wettest places within the rainforests at the Tapanti National Park, where the tiniest species of orchid were discovered growing in the tropical humid pre-montane in 2009. If you miss them as you tour the park, you can see them on display at Lankester Botanical Gardens, alongside the rest of Costa Rica's world-class orchid collection. For adventurers, riverrunning down the River Revantazon River is the most intimate way to experience Costa Rica's wildlife.