Think of Costa Rica and you might conjure up images of sandy white beaches—but this country is more than just stunning shorelines. With more than 25% of the country protected by the national park system, Costa Rica’s lush tropical forests are home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Plus this beautiful country is quickly becoming a model for sustainable development around the world. Come to Costa Rica and discover for yourself what it is all about.
The nickname for Heredia, a city-suburb of San José, is "Ciudad de las Flores" (city of flowers) because of the vast amount of gardens in the city and around it. It is located in the central part of Costa Rica surrounded by coffee plantations and exhuberant flora. It is a town where art is celebrated with many events throughout the year like street theater at the central park, music festivals at the university, and photography exhibits at a local café. You will be able to spend an afternoon enjoying the great Costa Rican coffee available at the many cafes in downtown Heredia while listening to live Latin American music.
Heredia is part of the San José metropolitan area, so you will also have access to all that the capital of Costa Rica has to offer.
The Pre-Colombian Gold Museum in downtown San José boasts an extraordinary collection of gold artifacts from Costa Rican pueblos from 500 to 1500 C.E. Visitors to the museum learn about pre-Columbian societies' social structure, technology, relationship with nature, daily life.
This small national park on the Pacific coast is one of Costa Rica's most popular destinations because of its beutiful beaches and breath-taking wildlife. In the park, it is common to see monkeys, iguanas, sloths, toucans, and many other animals.
The Monteverde cloud forest preserve features 2,500 plant species (including 420 types of orchids), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects. It is open to tourists, and is also the site of scientific research.