Welcome to Heredia


Although only 11km from San José, Heredia is – in personality – removed from the grit and grime of the capital. Universidad Nacional (National University) keeps things a touch bohemian, and on any afternoon you’re bound to find the local bars and cafes abuzz with young folk idling away their time.

Heredia is also the most convenient base from which to explore the little-visited Volcán Barva, within the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.


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$57 Food, Wine & Nightlife

San Jose Britt Plantation Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting

After morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, travel north with your guide for about seven miles (12 km) toward Heredia, the smallest of Costa Rica’s provinces, dotted with charming towns, coffee plantations and dense vegetation. Head up winding roads to the tiny town of Barva de Heredia and arrive at Café Britt, one of the country’s most well-known coffee producers. Founded in 1985, Café Britt boasts itself as Costa Rica’s first gourmet coffee roaster.Kick off your 1.5-hour tour of the sustainable coffee farm with tastings of two freshly produced coffees, along with bites of chocolate. At the nursery, watch a live presentation that traces the coffee beans’ growing cycle and selection process. Hear about how the country’s unique climate and diverse terrain provide ideal conditions for cultivating gourmet-quality beans. At the roastery, get a behind-the-scenes look at Café Britt’s various roasting and packaging techniques that allow the beans to stay fresh as they’re delivered anywhere in the world. Learn about how experts ‘break the cup’ or ‘cup’ coffee to identify and grade the quality of coffee. By now the heady aromas will surely have worked up your appetite; walk over to the on-site restaurant located amid lush gardens. With traditional music playing in the background, enjoy a buffet lunch made from locally sourced ingredients, including salad, several main course options (vegetarian dish available), dessert, fruit juices and water. What better way to wrap up a meal at a coffee plantation than visiting its coffee bar? Sip a coffee beverage of your choice, paired with chocolate. Then, stroll through the factory store and pick up coffee to take home (shipping is available) before boarding your minivan that takes you back to San Jose.

$80 Food, Wine & Nightlife

San Jose to Herida City and Coffee Plantation Tour by Train

Say hi to Heredia! On this San Jose tour, you’re heading out of the city and to the town of Heredia, one of Costa Rica’s most historical cities. You’ll hop aboard the Atlantic Railroad and ride to this lovely colonial town that dates back to 1705. How lovely is it? Well, it’s been nicknamed the “City of Flowers” for its many beautiful gardens and surrounding lush countryside.  You’ll spot colonial architecture and get a feel for the laid back vibe that makes this place so charming. As you explore, you’ll spot sites like the historic La Immaculate Concepcion, a majestic church with bells imported all the way from Cusco, Peru. The stained glass paintings inside are some of the oldest in the country.  You’ll also see Heredia’s Parque Central, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and featuring a music temple, as well as El Fortin, a wonderful colonial tower from an old Spanish fort. The park is home to La Casa de la Cultura as well, which holds historical and art exhibitions on a regular basis.  Wander over to the central market, where you can discover the secrets behind local handicrafts. You’ll also learn about the history of Heredia Province and get a taste for daily life.  Afterwards, it’s time to taste that brew! You’ll discover the secrets of Costa Rican coffee on a tour that explains the roasting process, followed by a professional tasting or “cupping” session.  And what better way to cap off a caffeine-fueled afternoon than by learning how to prepare the very best coffee-based beverages? Try your hand at making a classic espresso or frothy cappuccino, so you can impress your friends and family back home with your mad barista skills.  You’ll then head back into the city of San Jose, free to spend your evening exploring more local life.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

San Jose Sightseeing City Tour

Experienced guides will give you a general description of the different places you will see on your tour of the largest city in the small nation. This is a must-see on any trip to the capital of Costa Rica. Start the day with a pick-up service at approximately 8:00 a.m or 1:00 pm  from your hotel in San José, Alajuela or Heredia. (This tour is available in the morning and in the afternoon) . From the comfort of the minivan, you will enjoy the panoramic views of San José. During the trip, your English speaking guide will inform you about the places you will see on the road, starting with the Costa Rican Art Museum in La Sabana. See the heart of the city center, The National Theater, University of Costa Rica, National Museum and the Arts and Crafts Market to buy souvenirs. After shopping, enjoy a lunch at a Typical Restaurant, with some cultural meals from Costa Rica. After your gastronomic experience, you can relax and enjoy the trip as you will be transported back to your hotel. If you choose the afternoon tour, lunch will be served at the beggining of the tour.

$169 Day Trips & Excursions

Full day to Monteverde from San Jose with Canopy and Reptil Amphibians watching

Full day to Monteverde from San Jose with Canopy or hanging brides with Hummingbird,Butterfly Garden and Reptiles and Amphibians watching tour, we pick up at San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia.This tour includes:TransportBilingual guideFree entrance.Hanging bridges and hike in the park or Canopy.Snacks and drinks.Founded in the 1950s by a group of Quakers from the U.S.A., Monteverde has gained international renown as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The reserve covers an area of 10,500 hectares of land and maintains six different life zones. The climate and the terrain of the reservation produce an incredible bio-diversity.What you can see: There are at least 400 species of birds in the highest part of the rain forest, which includes the resplendent Quetzal, formerly the sacred bird of the Mayans, more than 100 species of mammals, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 2,500 species of plants, which make Monteverde a true paradise for bird lovers. The reserve has wet and dry seasons, although the higher parts have fog and it rains a lot during the year.A new and spectacular way to see the forests in the heights, without doing much physical effort is the "Skywalk" (Walk through the sky), which is done by a series of trails connected with suspended bridges to more than 130 feet, allowing really spectacular views of the forest.

$149 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Monteverde Tour with Hanging Bridges and Reptiles

Full day to Monteverde from San Jose hanging bridges with and Reptiles and Amphibians watching tour, we pick up at San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia. This tour will start with your pick at your hotel to drive for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get at the restaurant in Monteverde for having a typical and delicious lunch. Then we will start the hanging bridges tour with approach long of 3000 meters where you can watch the beautiful views and exotic flora and fauna of Monteverde, then we will start the tour to watch snakes, turtles and other reptiles. Then go back to San Jose   Founded in the 1950s by a group of Quakers from the U.S.A., Monteverde has gained international renown as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The reserve covers an area of 10,500 hectares of land and maintains six different life zones. The climate and the terrain of the reservation produce an incredible bio-diversity. Monteverde is about 1500 meters over the sea. It is a cold place you have to bring your coat and poncho What you can see:  There are at least 400 species of birds in the highest part of the rain forest, which includes the resplendent Quetzal, formerly the sacred bird of the Mayans, more than 100 species of mammals, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 2,500 species of plants, which make Monteverde a true paradise for bird lovers. The reserve has wet and dry seasons, although the higher parts have fog and it rains a lot during the year. A new and spectacular way to see the forests in the heights, without doing much physical effort is the "Skywalk" (Walk through the sky), which is done by a series of trails connected with suspended bridges to more than 130 feet, allowing really spectacular views of the forest.

$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Celeste River Fron San Jose

Full descriptionStart your trip at around 6:00am from different points established in the main provinces: San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela or in your hotel. With the whole group, go to breakfast which will be approximately 1.5 hours after leaving the Central Valley. After having refueled on energy, continue your journey towards Bijagua de Upala, which is a small town located very close to your destination. Arrive at Tenorio Volcano National Park at around 10:00am and start your guided tour to the different attractions of this beautiful park. Enjoy a 3 kilometer walk, during which you can observe the natural beauties that the park has to offer. The trail passes through the main points of attraction and scenery of the park. Currently the volcano is inactive, but has a wide variety of flora and fauna. Many of these species are in danger of extinction such as the Danta, Tepezcuintle and puma, so hopefully you can spot them on the trail. Your first visit will be the Celeste River Waterfall. Enjoy the incredible natural beauty of this 20 meter high waterfall. See three of the five craters that the Tenorio Volcano has, Tenorio 1, Tenorio 2 and Montezuma from the highest point of the trail. Take the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon and a few meters from this beautiful path, reach the "Teñideros," which is where the river takes its blue color from and where the explanation for this curious phenomenon derives from. Finishing the tour, see the fumaroles which will remind you that we are in an active volcano. Around 2:30pm the tour finishes, and you will enjoy a nice lunch. Leave the park at 3:30pm, taking the road back to San Jose and arrive at your place of departure at around 7:30pm.