Turrialba City

Turrialba, a place for Adventure and Friendship!

With an area of ​​1664.57 square kilometers, which means 52% of the whole province of Cartago, being larger in area than all other cities that make up the rest of the province. Turrialba is located from north-west to south-east, between the conservation area of ​​the Cordillera Central and the International Friendship Park, and surrounded by six protected areas.

Its current population is about 70,000, and the city of Turrialba, head of the canton has about 35,000 inhabitants.

Turrialba City is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and rivers with breathtaking views of the Turrialba volcano in the northwestern side. The city is located just 64 kilometers south-east from San Jose, and 108 Km. West from Puerto Limon. It is one of the gateways and access to the Atlantic side.

Its altitude is 639 meters above sea level and is crossed by the Turrialba and Colorado rivers. In twenty minutes, the visitor can experience 640 to 2900 meters and even a little longer at 3,300 meters, with temperatures ranging from warm to cold, and scenes of great natural beauty, where they can enjoy the jungle, large primary forests and the local flora of the cold mountainous areas of Turrialba Volcano.


Turrialba people is distinguished by the love and pride they profess to their land. It is common to find posters and stickers which says " If I was to born again , I was born again in Turrialba " . In the Turrialba countryside there is enormous cultural wealth that emerges from the Indians, to the cultures of black Caribbean , the man of the plateau, and the Europeans and foreigners who came to the city . Its people are affable , cheerful , hardworking , intelligent and full of taste for the spiritual, for it is not surprising that it have arisen men and women who have served the country in culture , art , music , and slogans, in politics and in business activity, in the field of literature we just to need to remind the famous poet:


Jorge De Bravo

He was born on January 31st, 1938 in Santa Cruz Turrialba in Cartago, Costa Rica, under the name of Jorge Brenes Delio Bravo. He grew up in a humble family and when he was a child he used to work in a part-time job to help his family. Yet from an early age he showed great enthusiasm for the study. The story tells about the early days of the school year of 1952, when Joaquin Bravo was encouraged to take his 14 year old son, Jorge Delio to the presence of Teresita Lopez de Alban, she was the young director and teacher of the Joint School of Santa Cruz de Turrialba, in Cartago. The boy had insisted much, and the Cartago educator knew soon that boy who had never been to school, but who could read and write self-taught, was a diamond ready for polishing. And she did: she put him into sixth grade because of his knowledge, and then she managed a scholarship for him to continue secondary education.

He attended secondary school in the Clodomiro Picado Institute. Financial circumstances forced him to leave school and find work in the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS),when he was 17. It is for this period that he began to publish in the newspaper El Turrialba in the company of several young people of the city ( Laureano Albán and Marco Aguilar).

He was 21 years old (1959) when he married Margarita Salazar. That same year he founded the Circle of Poets of Turrialba..

In 1960 and 1961 their children were born, Lucrecia and Raimundo, respectively. That year, its merits as a worker, allowed him to ascend to the inspector position of the CCSS. This position required him to move with his family to San Isidro de El General and then to the Central Valley (Heredia and San José), where he founded the Circle of Costar Rican Poets.

All of these literary activities came to refresh Costa Rican literature, ushering what some call the Period of Literary Vanguard.

In 1965 he finally gets his high school degree.

He studied journalism by correspondence and other studies autodidact. He constantly read his favorite authors like Pablo Neruda, Vallejo, Amado Nervo, Miguel Hernandez, Bécquer yWhitman books..

Jorge Debravo died at age 29, on August 4th, 1967, while riding his motorcycle for work matters. It’s been said that he was ran over by a drunk driver.

January 31st, as Jorge Debravo’s birthday, was the chosen date to celebrate National Poetry Day in Costa Rica.



I am a man , I was born,
I have skin and hope.
I demand , therefore ,
to let me use them.
I am not God , I am a man
(like saying a seaweed).
But I demand heat in my roots,
lunch in my gut.
I do not ask eternities
filled with white stars.
Ask tenderness, dinner,
silence , bread, home…

I am a man , I mean,
animal with words.
And I demand , therefore,
to let me use them.




The eleven districts of Turrialba city:



Churches of Turrialba city

Santa Rosa Church


Patron saint: St. Rose of Lima

Located in the district of Santa Rosa, Turrialba, just 3km from downtown.


 Rosa de Lima O.P. (Lima, Peru, April 30th, 1586 - Lima, August 24th, 1617) Mystic tertiary dominica canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. It was the first American saint, exalted patron saint of Lima, in Peru (from 1669) the New World and the Philippines (since 1670). In addition, she is patron of educational institutions, police and armed: Santa Rosa Catholic University (in Venezuela), National Police of the Republic of Peru and the Armed Forces of Argentina.

Born in the sixteenth century as Isabel Flores de Oliva, she was the daughter of Gaspar Flores, natural arcabucero of Banos de Montemayor, municipality of the province of Caceres (Spain). So says the plate in the House of Flowers, which is still preserved in that town. In 1545, Gaspar came from Spain, after passing through Puerto Rico and Panama, which were part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, arrived in Peru in 1547, as a Peacekeeper soldier Pedro de la Gasca, who restored the Royal Court in 1549, recovering the domain of the Crown after the usurpation of power by Gonzalo Pizarro, president of Peru from 1544 to 1548. Gaspar Flores was named arcabucero on March 9th, 1557, by Mr. Andrés Hurtado de Mendoza, third viceroy of Peru from 1556 to 1561. On May 1st, 1577, he married, in Lima, Maria Lima Oliva and Herrera, surnames from Aragon. That same year served as the guardian arcabucero V VirreyFrancisco of Toledo (1569-1581).

Church of Aquiares

Iglesia de Aquiares


Aquiares church is located in Santa Rosa of Turrialba. It was built at the beginning of the 1930’s , using a coating of metal sheets on the outside and wood inside, the latter was brought from Jamaica.

In the inside it has an ancient altar imported from Italy and valuable stained glass windows imported from Germany. It is part of a coffee plantation created by Stanley Lindo in 1920. It was declared as a Architectural Historic Landmark , as Executive Decree No. 26271 -C , published in the Official Gazette No. 169 of 3 September 1997. ( Note Noah Chavez Alfaro for Google Panoramio