Located 11 Km to the north of San José and is a smaller and historic province. Its extension is 2.657 Km and is known as the city of flowers. Its altitude is 1.150 meters above sea level, similar to that of San José. It has a university population as it is very close in the east to the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. The city was established in 1706 and is colonial in character. The main reason why you should visit. The Central Park is where you will be able to see old buildings; towards the east is the Inmaculada Concepción Church, build in 1797. Thanks to its solid form it is very attractive and has prevented it from becoming damaged by the earthquakes.


To the north of the park there is a colonial tower that is considered to be a national historic place, an architectural masterpiece not only in Heredia but in all of the country. It was inaugurated during the middle of 1876, during the government of Don Tomas Guardia. Its creator, Fadrique Gutierrez Flores, was the son of a first cousin of Don Tomas. Fadrique participated in the overthrowing of the state on the 27th of January 1870, that put Guardia in control and he was apparently badly injured, this impresses the leader who later named him a Commander. El Fortin is completely built of brick. The eastern base of the building is 5.80 meters wide and 13.24 meters tall, and is divided into two main floors.

Casa de la Cultura, on the northwest corner, this is the old residence of the president Alfredo Gonzalez Flores (1913-1917), it at present houses cultural and artistic expositions. In the center, there is a music kiosk, where they also hold occasional presentations.

How to arrive and leave

The yellow microbuses have red stripes, and begin their journey on 2nd Avenue, between 12th and 14th Street, on the north side of the Merced Church in San José; Leaving everyday, every ten minutes. From the Heredia terminal at 5:00 a.m until 12:15 m.n and at night from 12:15 m.n until 4:00 a.m. every thirty minutes. Returning at 5:00 a.m until 11:00 p.m, 11 Km; 25 minutes. You can also take the minibus (400ª) on 2nd Avenue, 10th and 12th street every fifteen minutes. From 6:00 a.m until 8:00 p.m. In Heredia there isn’t a Central Terminal and services leave from bus stops close by the Central Park and the market area. Barva de Heredia: departing Monday to Friday from Central Market 6:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 4:00 p.m; Returning 7:30 a.m, 1:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. Saturday 6:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. Returning an hour later. Walk 6km to the park entrance and then 4 km to the Paso del Llano (Porrosati) and Sacramento, for Barva volcano, in Braulio Carrillo National Park: 4th Street, opposite the Market, 6:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. San José: Street Central, on 4th Avenue; Also from 4th Avenue, between Central and 1st Street arriving in intervals of just minutes. San de la Montaña: 4th Street, opposite the market, every hour.