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Heredia Tourist Attractions

A small city with a population of about 86,000, Heredia was founded in 1706. It is the capital of Heredia province, and retains more colonial charm than the other neighboring capitals. Heredia is also known as the "City of Flowers" because of its beautiful parks and mild climate.
Heredia is the center of an important coffee-growing region; economic activities include coffee processing, livestock trading, and the manufacture of soap and matches. The town lies at an elevation of 1150m/3772ft above sea level. Heredia is also home to the National University, hence a sizeable student population resides in the city.

Central Park

The Central Park is the best place to take in the older buildings in Heredia, some dating to the 18th C. The center of the park features a covered stage featuring occasional performances and concerts.

Culture House

Former Costa Rican President Alfredo González Flores (1913-17) resided in this house. Today, it houses art and historical exhibits.

Immaculate Conception

This church was built in 1797 and is still in use. The thick-walled construction and solid shape have remained through numerous earthquakes.

Zoomarine Museum

Costa Rica's marine diversity is represented through almost 2,000 displayed specimens.

Small Fortress

El Fortín (the small fortress) is a colonial tower and a national historic site.

Surroundings

Heredia Surroundings - Britt Coffee Farm Tours

The Café Britt farm "coffeetours" have combined an interesting tour and stage production to explain the coffee-growing process and highlight the importance of coffee to Costa Rica. The tour includes a visit to the coffee finca (farm) and the roasting plant where visitors can observe the coffee "cherry" transformed into a roasted bean.
A live, bilingual (Spanish/English) presentation follows, using both actors and multimedia. The tour is completed with coffee-tasting sessions that are led by experienced tasters.

Barva, Costa Rica

The town of Barva is one of the oldest settlements in all of Costa Rica. Barva was founded in 1561 and most of the town is a national historic monument. The colonial, red-tiled adobe buildings in the center of town were built in the 1700s. Barva offers a relaxing setting with plenty of old-world charm.

Museum of Popular Culture

The Museum of Popular Culture displays exhibits about daily life in 19th C rural Costa Rica. The museum is housed in a century-old farmhouse that has been fully restored and is furnished with period pieces.

San Jose de la Montana, Costa Rica

This small village is found on the southern slopes of the Barva Volcano. It lies at an elevation of 1,550m/5,084ft, so the climate here can be rather chilly. The mountainous terrain, vistas, birding and pleasant walks are the biggest attractions for visitors.

Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica

The town of Santo Domingo de Heredia was founded in 1848 and features two attractive colonial churches: the Iglesia de Rosario (built 1838-1844) and the Basílica de Santo Domingo de Guzmán (built 1856). There are several adobe colonial homes, some of which are in ruins but remain at the request of residents.

INBio Park

Created and run by the National Biodiversity Institute, INBio combines the features of a museum, educational center and nature park. Two large pavilions outline Costa Rica's natural wonders and biodiversity, and hiking trails re-create the ecosystems of tropical rain forest, dry forest, and premontane forest.

Jewels of the Humid Tropics Museum

The "jewels" at this museum include about 50,000 specimens such as insects, crustaceans, spiders and centipedes. The exhibits make up a lifetime collection of a North American biologist now residing in Costa Rica.

Monte de la Cruz, Costa Rica

The village of Monte de la Cruz offers excellent panoramic views of the entire Central Valley and beyond. Good hiking opportunities can be found throughout the area.

Rustic Castle Club

This facility offers a pool, sauna, go-carts, an ice-skating rink and a picnic area.
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