Information about Heredia city


You can arrive in Costa Rica by plane in the international airport of San Jose. From there, you can take a taxi to Hredia city (only 10 kilometers-6 miles from San Jose city).

Information about Heredia City:

Heredia is an important cultural center for Costa Rica, and has managed to retain a typical Latin American "pueblo" feel despite increasing modernization. The colonial church and its central plaza, only 4 blocks from school, are still a favorite meeting place for Heredia's inhabitants, old and young. It is home to the National University and only 20 minutes from the airport and the capital city of San José. Known as the "City of Flowers" for the colourful, tropical vegetation in the surrounding mountains, Heredia provides the convenience and manageability of a smaller city (pop. 75,000) in an environment that has escaped to a large extent the normal urban problems affecting the capital. As tourism is minimal to non-existent in Heredia, students experience a truly authentic cultural and linguistic immersion during their stay here.

Easily accessible from the city are San José's museums and galleries, the nearby Poás and Barva volcanoes and, further afield, Costa Rica's numerous beaches and national parks. While learning the Spanish language during the week, you may thoroughly explore the country's natural wonders, world renowned for their beauty and biodiversity, on the weekends. Heredia's proximity to transportation hubs such as the airport and the central bus stations in San José make it an ideal base for your stay here. We highly recommend a week or more in Heredia before moving to the beach campus!

The province of Heredia is the coffee-growing capital of Costa Rica, and in the countryside you will still occasionally see loaded ox-carts bringing in the beans from the coffee plantations characteristic of the green mountainsides. In the nearby rural villages you will witness a way of life very different to that of the cities, and can see vestiges of the old colonial architecture once typical in the entire central valley. Nearby places such as Barva and San Rafael provide an wonderful experience of typical small-town Latin lifestyles, where you can participate in village festivals, buy fruits at the local farmers' markets or simply walk around and practice your Spanish with the locals.

Colonial Architecture
A relaxed and laidback place, the main attraction of Heredia is its superb colonial architecture that can be seen all over town. 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. Also found in Parque Central is a music temple, as well as El Fortin, a wonderful colonial tower of an old Spanish fort. Besides some old buildings, the park is home to the La Casa de la Cultura as well, which holds historical and art exhibitions on a regular basis.

Warm year-round, the temperatures are tempered by the amount of cloud cover that affects the area. The rains are spread throughout the year, but the rainiest period is May to October. The climate is relatively mild throughout the year.


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