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Introduction

Heredia town square

Heredia town square

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Heredia is set along the flanks of the Barva Volcano. The city is part of the Central Valley cities located only 11 kilometres northwest of San José and only 10 kilometres from San José Airport. This pretty city with a population of 400,000 is nicknamed the City of the Flowers. Founded in 1706, Costa Rica fourth-largest city was first known by its Huetar indian name, Cubujuqui, but that was soon changed to Heredia in honor of a Guatemalan president, Fernandez de Heredia.

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Sights and Activities

The town's central park is filled with trees and is a great place to stroll of sit on bench and watch people go by. To the east of it is the impressive Church of the Immaculate Conception inaugurated in 1769, which took 30 years to build (1769-1797. The wait was worth it - its massive towers and walls proved stronger that earthquakes that have rocked the country since it was built. It has stained glass from Europe and church bells from Cuzco, Peru. Nearby is another imposing fixture, El Fortin, a brick fort with peepholes built backwards. Good thing it never saw action.
Of all of the cities of the Meseta Central, Heredia has the most colonial feel to it - you ll still see adobe buildings with Spanish tile roofs along narrow streets. Here is also the site of the Universidad Nacional so you will find some nice coffee shops, night bars, and bookstores near the school.
The Casa de la Cultura, just north of the park is the 1843 home of ex president Alfredo Gonzalez. It re-creates the life and home of a coffee baron, the life peasants during that time, and it also presents local art shows. Another architecturally interesting building here is the 1915 neoclassical post office. The coffee that grows in the mountains is classified as top quality coffee and Heredia doesn't have a thriving flower market as its nickname suggests, but does have a wonderful fruit and vegetables market. It also boasts a number of Spanish language schools.

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Getting There

By Plane

Heredia is located only 15 minutes from San José Airport, so it shares this airport with San Jose city as well.

By Bus

Public buses run every day from 05:00am till midnight. You can take buses from Heredia to San José, Alajuela, San José Airport and local villages. This public service works very good and cheap.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa Ciudadela Hostel4 blocks North and 25 m East from Heredia Central 25 m East from Colegio Vocacional, HerediaHostel-
El Portico HotelCalle Guacalillo San Jose De La MontanaHotel-
La Lora Hostel25 metros oeste de la Casa de la Cultura, BelenGuesthouse-
San Lorenzo InnResidencial San Lorenzo San Lorenzo de FloresHostel-
Tony s Hostel Boutique100 mts Oeste y 400 mts Norte, del Hipermas HerediHostel91
Travel Hostel DreamplaceTwo and half blocks East from the Central Park HerHostel84
BELEN SUITESCalle Las ChilasHostel-
HOTEL MONTE CAMPANABarrio Jesus Birri the Traffic Light 500mts North 100 West & 700mts SouthHotel-
Costa Rica Love Hostel 2Main Street number 5 San VicenteHOSTEL87
B&B Vista Los VolcanesSan Lorenzo de FloresGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel America 98Calle Central, Avenidas 2 y 4 50mts south del Parque Central HerediaHOTEL-
Costa Rica Love Hostel 2Santo Domingo de Heredia 1 block east from polideportiv San Jose, Santo DomingoHostel-
Hotel Montecampana5 km al norte de la Iglesia de BarvaHotel-
Cariari Bed and BreakfastAve. la Marina, Casa #12APDO#132--4006 CariariGUESTHOUSE-
La Catalina Hotel & SuitesBeside Cedal La CatalinaHotel-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

  • The country calling code to Costa Rica is 506.
  • To make an international call from Costa Rica, the code is 00.

There are plenty of phone booths around and you will get the best rate using a pre-paid international card (can often be purchased in internet cafés and other small stores). There is usually a connection fee making short calls extra expensive. Those travelling with a mobile phone and willing to pay the roaming costs should ensure it supports 1800 MHz GSM network. You cannot get a prepaid SIM card for Costa Rica.

Post

Correos de Costa Rica (website in Spanish only) is the national postal services of Costa Rica. You can find post offices (correos) in almost any city and town and they are generally open from 7:30am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am to noon on Saturdays. There are not that many mailboxes, so it's best to ask your hotel or go directly to the post offices. Services tend to be slow but generally reliable and on the whole cheap regarding letters and postcards. It costs about US$0.20 to the USA and Canada (taking about 1 week to 10 days), US$0.25 to Europe (about 2 weeks) and US$0.30 to Asia and Australia (3 weeks or even more). All in all, if you can try and arrange your mail from the capital San José as it's generally quicker from there. Small packages are also no problem, though take them to the post offices unpacked for inspection first! Otherwise, arrange things through private international courier services like UPS, DHL or TNT.

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