About Tres Ríos
Tres Ríos (Three Rivers) is the capital city of the canon La Unión of the Cartago Province. It is about 12 km east of San José and 11 km west of Cartago. It lies at an elevation of 1,345 m, In pre-Columbian times this area, now in the canton of La Unión, was inhabited by Indians of the North Huetar kingdom, domains of the chief Guarco. At the time of the conquest the principal chief of the region was Guarco's son, Correque.
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In the eighteenth century some parish priests from the Church of the Holy Spirit of Esparza City, accompanied by natives of Salamanca, were heading to the city of Cartago. On their way they traveled through the valley of the Three Rivers, as it was called at that time. They built a small chapel that was dedicated to the Virgin of Pilar, ...