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. Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery, Heredia is the ideal place to visit for a family holiday.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Heredia for ideal weather are October to April based on average temperature and humidity.
Top Places to Visit in Heredia
1. La Inmaculada Concepcion
In the heart of the city, surrounding the main square, which is a popular gathering place, is Heredia’s historic La Inmaculada Concepcion, a majestic church built in 1796, with bells imported all the way from Cuzco, Peru. The stained glass paintings in the church are some of the oldest in the country. This church stands in Heredia’s Central Park, and has a variety of shops and restaurants neighboring it.
2. Barva Basilica
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.
3. El Fortin
Erected by the governor of Heredia, Fadrique Gutierrez, in 1876, the old fort is one of the town’s most famous landmarks. The brick building demonstrates Gutierrez’s passion for sculpture and military history and, though it may look imposing, features several design flaws, including backwards peepholes. Thankfully, El Fortin never saw battle.
4. Braulio Carrillo National Park
Dense rain forest, waterfalls, volcanoes and rushing rivers fill the landscape of Costa Rica’s second-largest national park, a green paradise just 40 minutes from Heredia. 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. Make sure to wear layers, as the park’s higher altitudes can dip below freezing at night.
5. National University
Another reason for Heredia city’s popularity is the fact that the country’s national university, Universidad Nacional is situated here, which has one of the foremost veterinarian schools in Central America, as well as an outstanding marine biology department. This is why one will find plenty of students teeming all over the city.