Heredia, Costa Rica
Central Valley, Costa Rica
Elevation : 1,150 mts.
Heredia Travel Guide
One of Costa Rica’s most historical cities, Heredia was founded in 1705 and is nicknamed "City of Flowers", due to the many beautiful gardens and wonderful flora found around here. Another main attraction of Heredia is its superb colonial architecture that can be seen all over town. Heredia is a fine example of a Costa Rican city, boasting most of the amenities of San Jose, but in a more low key environment.
Things to do in Heredia
Coffee Tour Heredia
Visit a coffee plantation to learn about Costa Rican coffee. This farm is located in Mercedes Norte, Heredia. Experts will guide you through the life cycle of gourmet coffee. Starting in the nursery, you’ll follow the growing cycle through to the harvest and selection of the finest beans. Costa Rica's unique climate and diverse landscapes provide the perfect growing conditions for gourmet coffee beans.
Central Park Heredia
Right across from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Heredia’s peaceful Central Park features a pretty fountain, large mango trees and plenty of benches. On Sunday afternoons, clowns, balloons and music liven up the atmosphere.
Parroquia Inmaculada Concepcion
Built in 1797, this beautiful downtown church has withstood many earthquakes and even a major volcanic eruption. Daily mass is still held here, and both tourists and locals love to stare at the intricate, stained-glass windows. Manicured gardens grow outside of its western exit.
Casa de la Cultura Museum
Set in the 1843 home of former president Alfredo Gonzalez Flores, this Cultural House re-creates the life and times of Costa Rica’s coffee barons. Featuring old tile floors and classic architecture, the building also hosts art shows and other cultural events.
Located in Santo Domingo, the 14-acre INBioparque is run by the National Biodiversity Institute. The facilities serve as the perfect introduction to Costa Rica’s diverse habitats, with dry forest, rain forest, swamp, farm and Central Valley forest displays
Toucan Rescue Ranch
This private rescue facility is located in San Isidro de Heredia and is licensed with the Ministry of the Environment (MINAET). The Toucan Rescue Ranch has rescued hundreds of animals, including toucans, sloths, owls, spider monkeys, kinkajous, all of which undergo rehabilitation and are released back into the wild when possible.
Heredia tours to destinations nearby
This stately church was built in 1767 and is flanked by a red-tiled courtyard and a grotto dedicated to the Virgin of Lourdes. While in Barva, be sure to check out other historic buildings, including the old post office.
Braulio Carrillo National Park
Dense rainforest, waterfalls, volcanoes and rushing rivers fill the landscape of Costa Rica’s second-largest national park, a green paradise. This 119,000-acre national park is home to Barva Volcano and many miles of hiking trails. More than 135 species of mammals and 530 species of birds make their homes in the park, providing superb wildlife and bird watching opportunities.
Location and Map
Heredia is located in the north-central part of the country amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. It is a Costa Rica Province that covers areas as diverse as the agriculture-rich northern plains to the more metropolitan areas such as the city of Heredia in Central Valley. Heredia city is 10.6 kms / 6.6 miles from the Juan Santamaria International Aiport.