San Jose – Heredia – Alajuela – Guanacaste – Puntarenas – Limon – Cartago
Heredia is also known for its amazing colonial architecture that can be admired through out. One of the main attractions in Heredia city is the historic church La Inmaculada Concepción, built in 1796 with a solid time-tested foundation and bells that originate from Peru.
Like the province of Alajuela, Heredia includes a portion of the Central Valley and the Central Volcanic Cordillera, but the majority of its territory lies in the northern lowlands, south of Nicaragua. The geographical variation contained within this province (the smallest of Costa Rica’s seven) gives it as wide a range of climatic conditions as any of the provinces, from warm and humid lowlands, to cool and damp highlands, to the mild but seasonally wet and dry Central Valley.
Within less than a decade after the founding of the Spanish settlement in the Valley of Cartago, other areas in the Central Valley also began to be colonized. Among the first of these areas was the village of Barva — less than three kilometers north of what is now the city of Heredia.
With the introduction of coffee to Costa Rica, the fertile southern slopes of Barva Volcano became populated with plantations of this crop. The steep and very rainy northern slope did not become populated until much more recently. The Sarapiquí River, which is navigable upstream from the San Juan River (which flows into the Caribbean) as far inland as Puerto Viejo (Old Port) de Sarapiquí at the volcano’s base on the northern side, was an important transportation route for those few hardy settlers who first moved into this region.
1) Braulio Carrillo National Park (Barva Volcano sector)
2) Barra Colorado National Wildlife Refuge